Car accidents are overwhelming. Emotions may be running high and individuals may be injured, sometimes severely. It is important to try to stay calm and take some important steps in the aftermath of an accident.
- Do Not Leave the Scene: Leaving the scene of an accident may result in criminal penalties, especially if someone was injured or killed.
- Check All Passengers & Drivers: Before inspecting your car or assessing the damage, check to make sure everyone involved is ok and, if someone has been injured, call for medical assistance. If someone is unconscious, or suffered a neck or back injury, do not move him or her until the paramedics arrive, unless leaving the individual as is poses an additional risk.
- Call the Police: Even no one has sustained any injuries, it is important to call the police to file an official report. Be sure to also ask for the name and badge number of the responding officers.
- Exchange Information: This will likely be included in your copy of the police report, but in case the officer fails to obtain certain information, get the names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information from all drivers involved. If there are passengers, collect their information as well.
- Talk to Witnesses: If there are any bystanders who may have seen the accident, ask what they saw. Collect information, such as their names and phone numbers.
- Inform Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Tell them the details of what happened and anything you may know about your injuries. Do not conceal anything from your insurance company. Doing so may result in denial of coverage.
- Take Pictures: Take pictures at the scene of the accident of any property damage and injuries.
- Keep Track of Medical Treatment: Obtain copies or documentation of any and all medical treatment or medical expenses associated with your injuries. Keeping a detailed record of which medical providers have treated you for injuries related to your accident can help your case when you file for compensation.
- Watch What You Say: Insurance adjusters are looking for a reason to pay you less than what you deserve, so do not divulge too much information. Provide only the basics, such as when and where the accident happened and who was involved.
The Mt. Pleasant personal injury attorneys at Lawton Law Firm are here to support you and help determine if you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who was responsible for the accident. Car wrecks can cause major injuries, and cause financial burden during what is undoubtedly a difficult time.
Call us today at (843) 588-5302. We offer free consultations.