What to do at the scene of an accident.
Every year, there are thousands of car accidents on US roadways, and a high percentage of those accidents result in personal injuries. Most people don’t know what to do when they are involved in a serious motor vehicle accident – but having some knowledge of what to do at the scene an accident can make a difference in any potential claims you may have. Following are some quick tips that will help you in the event of an accident.
STOP. If possible, safely move your vehicles off the roadway and as close to the accident scene as possible without blocking traffic
CHECK FOR INJURIES. If qualified, render any first aid to anyone injured. If necessary, call for emergency medical assistance.
CALL the police, highway patrol or 911
EXCHANGE INFORMATION. Provide your name, address, phone number and insurance information to the other parties involved.
Date & time of the accident, location of the accident (identify highway or street names, mile markers, township, county, etc.)
Obtain the following information about the other motor vehicle: Name of the driver, their address, home, cell & work phone, Driver’s License umber, Plate number, Year make & model, Insurance company, policy number, and all passenger names.
If possible, also obtain the following witness and police information: the name, address and phone numbers of the witness as well as the names of the Police Officers who responded to the accident. Also obtain their agency or branch information and the traffic report number.
If any citations were issued write down what citations were issued and to whom.
Assess damage to your vehicle. If your vehicle needs to be towed, remove personal or valuable items.
Do not discuss the accident except with law enforcement or medical personnel.
What to do afterwards
Obtain medical attention as soon as possible
Call your insurance company to report the accident but refrain from giving any written or recorded statements until you receive legal advice.
File an accident report with the state if someone was injured or if property damage exceeds $1,000.
Contact a personal injury attorney who can explain your rights and protect your interests.
If any passengers in the vehicle sustain injuries in an accident, consult an attorney practicing personal injury law. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and determine if you have the right to recover money damages damages and other compensation. Retaining an attorney in the early process can make your case much easier and will help preserve vital information. Your attorney can explain the laws to you and will protect your interests.
McCullough & Associates has successfully and aggressively represented persons injured in accidents nationwide against insurance companies since 1971 and will consult with you free of charge. If we accept your case, there will be no fee unless a recovery is made.
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