Being involved in a car accident is one of the most frustrating situations that a person can be in. While we hope that you never have to experience such ordeal, with the thousands of vehicles on the road, it is almost impossible to avoid a collision. When one occurs, it is best to know the correct procedures to handle the situation so that you can resume your daily activities as soon as possible after recuperating from any injuries sustained. Here are the most important steps to take in the unfortunate event of a car accident:
Step 1 – Safety
Make sure everyone involved in the collision is safe. You should immediately check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Then, and only if you are able to do so safely, check the other parties involved. If serious injuries have been sustained call 911 immediately to get help. If the car accident occurred on the freeway or busy street, please stay in your vehicle and wait for authorities if you cannot move the vehicle to safety.
Step 2 – Gather Evidence
You will benefit from having as many details about the accident as possible. When taking pictures, it is best to do so from a far distance in order for the investigators to get a better understanding of the scene and the events that led to the collision. Your vehicle will be inspected by an auto shop, simply taking pictures of the damages is not always ideal. Witnesses are key- be sure to gather the contact information of any potential witnesses that saw the incident as they can be helpful when assigning the fault for the crash.
Step 3 – Do Not Speak or Sign
Do not speak to anyone unless it is to ensure their safety or to exchange information. Do not sign anything or agree to settle anything until a doctor has seen you. Everything that you say can be used against you, especially when determining who was at fault for the accident. Do not accept fault even if you believe that you are to blame for the collision. Many factors play a role in determining this and sometimes the fault will not be completely assigned to just one driver. However, willingly accepting fault will ensure that only you are placed at fault.
Step 4 – Exchange Information
Exchange contact information with the other parties involved in the accident. The information you will need to provide and receive is the driver license number and the auto insurance name and policy number. If the other driver does not comply or does not have information, contact the authorities to assist you. It is best to take pictures of their information or record it on your phone. Do not forget about the witnesses contact information as well. Never let the other person involved leave without giving you their information or speaking with the authorities, if they insist on leaving at least get their license plate number. Leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging information is considered a crime.
Step 5 – Get a lawyer
You have to understand the importance of a Personal Injury Lawyer! Insurance companies have dedicated teams of attorneys ready to minimize your damages and settle your case quickly. By hiring a lawyer you are letting them know that they will not be able to do that in your case. Typically a person who has no legal representation receives a much lower compensation for their pain and suffering. Sometimes their compensation is not enough to even cover the high medical expenses.
Also, if you do not seek medical assistance, a possible injury sustained in the accident may present problems in the future. It is always best to hire a Personal Injury Lawyer that specializes in car accidents to assist you. They will be able to get you the best medical treatment and a rental while your vehicle is fixed with no upfront costs to you. They will also fight to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
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Here at Arash Law, we have been known to give clients the best possible settlements reaching over millions of dollars for a single accident. You will be satisfied with our VIP treatment and with the care that we bring to all of our clients. The best part is not paying anything out of pocket, everything will be covered through the insurance of the person at fault!