Make sure everyone in your vehicle is safe
- Stay calm
- Check for injuries, call an ambulance when in doubt.
- If possible, move the cars to a safe place and out of traffic:
- Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights. Use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety (if available).
Check on other parties involved
- Check for injuries, call an ambulance when in doubt
Call the Police to the scene
- Even if you think the accident is minor, call 911 and ask for an officer to the scene. Request a police report be filed and ask for a receipt of the police report.
- Make notes about the accident, including time of day, weather conditions, accident location, specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc.
- If possible, take photos of the scene, include the vehicles and the surrounding area.
- Exchange Information with all parties involved. You will need names, numbers, addresses, driver license numbers, license plate numbers. If there are passengers, try to obtain their information as well.
- If possible, take photos of all parties’ and witnesses’ ID cards. This will save you some time and ensure the accuracy of the information.
- If the name on an auto registration is different than the driver, note the relationship between the driver and owner of the vehicle
- Be careful about the information you give you. NEVER give your social security number, and NEVER sign any document unless it is for the police, your insurance company, or has been approved by your attorney.
- Don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was
- Often, people may want to apologize for the accident. Even if you do not admit fault by saying “It was my fault” saying “I’m sorry I didn’t see the stop sign.” may be deemed as an admission to fault.
- If you feel that the accident wasn’t your fault, remain calm. After an accident you need to collect a lot of information, getting angry may cause you to forget to collect key information needed.
Consider Going to a Doctor
- Even if you feel okay after accident consider seeing a doctor, adrenaline can easily hide injury symptoms. Most people will not feel injury symptoms for up to 24 hours after the accident. If you start to experience any injury symptoms, seek medical attention, while it may not be an emergency, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- We’re here to help and fight for your rights. We can help you on issues from making sure you are compensated for your vehicle to making sure you are getting best medical treatment available. Call us and see how we can help.