Tips on What to do If You are in a Car Accident
I help people who have been injured in car accidents. The moments after a car accident are stressful and overwhelming. Here are a few tips on what to do if you are in a car accident that may help your injury case:
Always call for medical help if someone is injured. The health and well being of everyone involved should be everyone’s priority.
Call the police. The police will take statements and document important information.
Take pictures and notes. Take pictures of the accident from several different angles. Take pictures of anything that may have caused the accident. Document the license plate number, make, model, and year of the other vehicle. Document the weather, time of day, names and addresses of any witnesses (passengers are not witnesses), and draw a diagram of how you believe the accident.
Never blame anyone, including yourself, for the accident. Admitting guilt could hurt your case, and in reality, you may not have been the cause of the accident.
Do not speak to anyone from the other party’s insurance company. They record all of your statements, and they sometimes try to trick you into admitting guilt. Those statements could hurt your case.
NEVER sign anything given you by an insurance company.
Do not leave the scene of the accident until the Police say it is ok.
You should call an attorney as soon as you are able after an accident. The earlier your attorney is involved, the better he/she will be able to advise you and protect your case. When choosing an attorney you should look for an attorney who will handle the claim himself, and not pass it off to a paralegal. Look for an attorney who is willing to deal with the insurance adjusters for you, personally analyze you medical bills, who will help you settle your personal property damage claim, and who will put you first. I work hard for my clients, no matter the value of their case. It is important to me that they heal, and that they are compensated for injuries they suffer because of the negligence of another. If you know someone who has been injured, give me a call!