When a car accident happens, there can be a lot of things happening at once. You might be worried about your car, you might be in pain, and depending on the severity of the accident, you may be experiencing shock from the trauma. Here are some suggestions based upon my experience handling these types of cases:
- Stay Calm: It’s important that you keep calm – even though your knee-jerk reaction might be to get things figured out as quickly as possible, take some time to calm down.
- Assess Your Injuries: In cases of accidents on the freeway, it might be best to stay in your car and wait for help to arrive, unless the vehicle is on fire (in which case you should get out and go a safe distance away).
- Call the Authorities: Call 911. Report the important facts of the accident, but wait for police to arrive before filling them in on the details.
- Determine the Damage: Once you can safely leave your vehicle, get out and learn the extent of the damage to your car and any other vehicles involved.
- Get Important Information. Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company, license plate numbers and car descriptions of every vehicle and driver involved in the accident. Also get witness’ names and contact information. Take photos of the scene, and the damage to both vehicles if you can.
- Limit the Discussion: Avoid talking about the accident with the other parties involved other than exchanging necessary information. Don’t admit to any fault or liability. Afterwards, you should only discuss the accident with the police, your insurance agent, your spouse, or lawyer.
- Contact Your Agent : Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible after a car accident.
Contact the offices of David S. Roth for help with your personal injury case. We will fight for your rights to full recompense for your injuries and damages.
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