There are over 5 million car accidents that take place in the United States every year. With that many car accidents nationwide, the chance you’ll be involved in at least one or two sometime in your life is high. If you’ve never been involved in a car accident, you may not know the best ways to proceed. However, there are certain steps you should always take after an accident to protect yourself.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, call Adams Law Firm at (478) 845-1961 for a free consultation.
Don’t Leave the Scene
This is the first and most important rule for car accidents. Leaving the scene of a serious accident, especially if there were fatalities, is a serious crime. However, you should never leave the scene of even a minor accident.
Make Sure Everyone is Okay
It’s important to check on everyone and make sure there are no serious injuries. If there are serious injuries, you should immediately call for medical assistance. Those with back or neck pain should be kept still until medical personnel arrive on scene and can properly assess the injury.
Call the Police
While you should always call the police to the scene of a serious accident, it’s wise to call them even if there are no injuries or damages. Filing a police report after a car accident may be necessary for your insurance and it can be important in protecting you if the other driver tries to take legal action against you. Give the police clear and accurate information about what happened.
Exchange and Collect Information
You should always exchange insurance information with the other driver after a car accident. Once you’ve done this, you should talk to witnesses, take pictures, and get names and license numbers for your own records as well. This information could be crucial if you decide to file a lawsuit or if one is filed against you.
Inform Your Insurance Company
Tell your insurance company about the accident and give them clear, accurate information like you gave the police. Informing your insurance provider as quickly as possibly is important and in your best interest. If you have been injured, we advise that you not give a recorded statement or speak to the other driver’s insurance company at any point. Instead, consult with an attorney who would handle that for you.
Consider Consulting an Attorney
Whether you’ve been injured in the accident or you’re being forced to defend yourself, an attorney will be your strongest ally. An experienced car accident attorney can help maximize your recovery as well as protect you from possible lawsuits.
Adams Law Firm is ready to defend your rights. Call us today at (478) 845-1961.