Although a tragic car accident can definitely be overwhelming, there are certain things that everyone should do immediately following an accident:

  • Call 911 to file a formal police report
    • Making a phone call to the police is a vital step in ensuring your accident is properly documented. Regardless of whether the other victim has fled the scene or not, a formal police report should always be filed.
  • Never admit any fault or blame to anyone
    • A simple gesture such as saying you’re sorry could be later used against you. With this, never remain any fault or blame to anyone you meet shortly after the accident or after you’re initial shock has concluded. Be careful of posting anything related to the accident on any social media sites.
  • Obtain detailed documentation of the crash
    • Although you have contacted the police to file a police report, oftentimes these details will not all be transcribed by the officer. With that, you want to have your own record of what occurred. Although you may have a stellar memory, months will normally pass between the time of the accident and the time of any settlement discussions. You want to be as detailed as possible. Take pictures using your phone of all vehicles involved, including damages, vehicle license plates, debris, skid marks, etc.
  • Exchange contact information for everyone at the scene of the accident
    • In a personal injury case, witnesses are key. If there is a dispute between you and the other driver, having witnesses of the accident who were there will be beneficial to you in the long haul. Additionally, if the other driver claims to be at fault shortly after the accident, there story can change as time progresses. This will not be in your benefit. With this, always receive the contact information of witnesses or you can go further and receive a written statement on the spot.
  • Never give a statement to the insurance company
    • Although you may pay a monthly premium every month, the insurance company is not your friend. You will quickly realize this once you begin negotiations. With that, never give any statements to your insurance company or that of the other driver.
  • Always seek medical attention as soon as possible
    • As getting documentation of the accident is important, getting documentation of your injuries are also extremely important. If you are not in any pain following the accident, you may believe that it is not vital to seek medical attention. Wrong! Don’t be fooled. If you later develop an injury due to the accident, but failed to seek medical attention following the accident, this could become problematic. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
    • Don’t think that you can handle a case on your own. The Law Office of Anderson and Hart provides a free initial consultation to determine your next course of action as well as a case evaluation. Don’t hesitate in getting the experience and guidance that you deserve.