The 5 Steps you should take after you have been involved in a car accident.
1. Call 911 and Seek Medical Attention Immediately if Injured.
After an accident, the first step is to call 911. It is important to call 911 so that the police can come to the scene of the accident and make a report. If you have been injured, getting medical help is the highest priority. Make sure you tell the police officer if you have been injured. Also, remember to get the name and badge number of the police officer.
2. Take Pictures of Everything!
After you have called 911, use your cell phone, to take photos of as many things as possible. This includes:
- The damage to the vehicles
- The damage to any property
- Any injuries, cuts, or bruises that you have
- The location of the accident
- The street that where the accident happened
3. Exchange Information with the Other Driver.
After taking pictures of the accident and any injuries you may have, it is important to get the personal information of the other driver. This includes:
- Driver’s name
- Phone Number
- Insurance Information (Name of Company & Policy Number)
(It is helpful to take a picture of the other driver’s license and insurance)
4. Do NOT Admit Fault!
You have a right not to incriminate yourself! Tell the officer what happened but you DO NOT have to make any statement that would admit fault, just stick to the facts. There is no reason to accept the fault at the scene of an accident.
5. Speak with a Lawyer to Protect Your Rights.
After you have completed steps 1-4, the last step is to call an attorney. The insurance companies have lawyers and investigators working for them. In order to protect your rights, you should immediately contact an experienced injury lawyer. A lawyer can help make sure that you receive what you are entitled to.