Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jan 02, 2015 in Car Accident News
The first moments after a car accident are critical. There is so much going on. Your car has potentially suffered serious damage. You or another driver may be hurt or worse. You are afraid, your heart is pounding and your head is spinning. Your world has turned upside down. Keeping your wits about you in this situation is incredibly important. There is a step-by-step process to follow that will help keep you calm and gain all the information you need, should the problem escalate beyond a simple fender bender.
After an accident, the worst thing you can do is leave the scene. Stay right where you are. Do not leave until every detail has been covered. Leaving an accident is known as "hit and run," and can expose you not only to major liability issues but to criminal charges. When you have an auto accident, no matter what the accident is, stay right where you are.
Check on all others at the accidents. Make sure that there are no immediate injuries to drivers or passengers. If anyone is hurt, seek medical attention right away. This is especially true in cases where people have back or neck issues, or have been rendered unconscious. Never move an injured person! Wait for qualified medical personnel unless there is an immediate danger of a fire.
Put a call in so the police and any other needed emergency services can come take care of any serious complications and mediate the situation if necessary. This is especially true in cases where the accident is severe and there are injuries involved. Make sure that when the police are involved, they file a report for later reference. Gather Information Talk with any other drivers involved in the accident. Make sure that you have the following information squared away: · Address and phone numbers · Driver's license numbers · License plates · Insurance information · Contact information for all witnesses · Get photos of the accident scene and damage to your vehicle While exchanging information, take the time to get information from witnesses regarding what they saw. This can be important later. Be very careful when talking about the accident. Do not apologize or admit guilt. Avoid discussing specifics with anyone but your attorney.
After the immediate exchange of information and dealing with the police, call your insurance company within 24 hours of the accident. Be honest and forthright. Do not omit facts or try to spin the situation. Being untruthful with your insurance company can see you facing not only denial of coverage, but serious criminal charges.
Especially if there were injuries involved, you should talk to an accident lawyer to cover your case. Having someone in your corner to protect your rights should the situation go to mediation or court will ensure that you are not at a disadvantage. When you are in an accident, remain calm and cover the situation step-by-step. This way you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the line. If you have suffered an accident and are in need of representation, our experienced attorneys are ready to help. Give us a call today.