What to Do After a Car Accident Injury
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After an accident, especially when you’re involved in an auto accident, you need to know what the right thing to do is. Car accidents are violent. Even if you are not injured you’re probably in shock. Do not leave the scene of the accident. If you’re hurt, you may not be able to do anything, or only be able to do a little. If you’re reading this, chances are you can use your phone, and the first thing to do is call 911 and ask for medical assistance.
If you have escaped serious injury and you can do something more, make sure everybody in your car is safe. Also, you should check to see if anybody in the other vehicle involved is hurt. Depending on the circumstances, call 911 as soon as you are able to.
If somebody else has been hurt, do not move the injured person unless you absolutely have to in order to bring them to a safe spot at the scene (for instance, if they landed in the middle of the highway). Some injuries are compounded by moving the victim.
Who to Call After a Car Accident
If there’s serious property damage call the police. Call 911 for medical assistance, if somebody is injured or dead. Depending on how serious the situation is, you should call a car accident lawyer immediately, or as soon as you possibly can.
What Information to Get in a Car Accident
If possible you need to get information from others at the scene, including:
- The other driver;
- Any passengers in the other vehicle;
- All witnesses;
- The police.
When talking to the other driver, be calm, cordial, and helpful. Avoid blaming and, equally important, avoid any statements about who was responsible. Do not say you think the accident was your fault/ the other guy’s. Do not apologize for the accident or say anything to indicate you were at fault. If the other driver wants to blame or take responsibility, just try not to say anything. Get the following from the other driver(s):
- Insurance info;
- License plate number;
- Driver’s License Number.
It might be good to have a phone recorder when you take witness statements and contact info, including exchanging insurance and contact information with the other driver.
If you are able, take pictures of the scene, the other vehicle, the license plate of the vehicle(s) involved, and any witness license plates. Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle.
If police respond be sure to get their badge numbers and names, and ask them to file a police report.
What Insurance Information to Exchange in an Accident
Even minor car accidents are costly, and one of the most important things to do is exchange insurance information with the other driver(s). When exchanging insurance information after an accident, keep it simple. You need to get the following insurance information from the other driver(s):
- Name of insurance company;
- Policy number.
- Name & phone number of the agent(s).
Give the other driver(s) your same insurance info, and do not volunteer any additional information. Do not answer any questions. If the another driver wants additional info that you are not required to provide, you can say something like, “My attorney handles these kinds of questions, would you like his/her number?” But you cannot say the above if you don’t have a skilled car accident attorney in your corner; the other driver may call your bluff.
Should I get a Lawyer for a Car Accident?
Vehicle accident law is complicated, varies from state to state and, depending on the specifics of your car accident, you could be held liable for damages above the amount your insurance policy will cover.
If you suffer a serious injury, your medical bills could exceed your insurance settlement amount, especially if you sign an agreement with the insurance company before you know what the full extent of your injury is. Do not sign any papers or talk to anybody from the insurance company until you talk to a car accident lawyer.
If this is your first car accident, or the first serious car accident you’ve been in, you may not have an auto accident lawyer in your corner, and you may not be sure how to find the best lawyer. Isaacs & Isaacs car accident law firm is one of the top personal injury law firms serving Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. The injury lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs have recovered over $890,000,000 for our clients.
We are dedicated to protecting and defending each and every client who comes to us for help with their legal matter, and we will diligently represent you and guard your rights when dealing with the insurance companies and all others involved in your car crash.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
At Isaacs & Isaacs we understand that people who have been in a car wreck have plenty of trouble without having to worry about how much it will cost to hire a lawyer. We will represent you on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid unless and until we settle your claim.
Before you talk to anybody, call The Hammer. We understand the deadlines to file your claim and all the other rules and we are here for you now. Call 800-800-8888 to speak to one of our experienced car accident lawyers without delay.
What to do After a Car Accident Checklist
When you’ve been in a wreck you may not be able to think clearly. You could be in shock, upset, and hurt. You could forget some crucial steps to take in order to protect yourself and get help.
Legally, if you cannot prove something it doesn’t exist. You will need evidence to support your claim and, if the accident is serious, any evidence you collect could help your attorney with the investigation. You can use our car accident checklist to document the following:
- Motor vehicle damage;
- Accident scene;
Click on the link above to download our post accident checklist form. You can use it now, or keep it handy in case of an emergency. It will help you document valuable information you may need later to fill out an accident report or file an insurance claim.