Millions of people are injured in accidents each year. It is best to be prepared in case you become involved in an accident. This article will help you to find out the steps that you should take after an accident so that, if necessary, you can make a personal injury claim.
1) Call 911 or the nearest police department to report the accident. Although you may not have been in a serious accident, you should still report the accident in case the other party wants to file a liability claim.
2) Make sure that you are safely out of the way of traffic. Hundreds of pedestrians are killed in the roadway following an accident and you could prevent being one of them. You will most likely be shaken up after an accident so be sure to be aware of your surroundings.
3) Check to see that the police officer completed a report and that is correct. If you do not receive a copy of the police report at the scene, be sure to get a copy from the police department. Since the police officer most likely did not witness the accident, it is advised that you review the report carefully.
4) Record information about any of the witnesses to the accident and what they saw. Try to also get the name, telephone number and address of the driver and each passenger of the other vehicle. It is also important to write down the name of the police officer, police department, and any emergency vehicles on the scene. You may need these notes later if you are trying to file a personal injury claim.
5) Take pictures of the damages to both vehicles and the license plate of the other vehicle with your cell phone or a disposable camera that you should keep in your car. As stated previously, even if it is a minor accident, you still should carry out all of these steps. You do not want to be in a situation where the other driver claims more damage than occurred and you are unable to prove otherwise.
6) Find out the name of the towing company and the location of where it is being towed. In order to minimize your stress after an accident, get all of the information necessary to retrieve your car BEFORE they tow your car. This way, besides worrying about what you are going to do about the accident, you will not have to worry about getting your car back.
7) Even if you are not seriously injured, go to the hospital or a doctor immediately after the accident. In some cases, your injury may only become apparent 24 to 72 hours after an accident. So be sure to monitor your condition, and seek medical care immediately because your injury may be more severe than you think.
8) Consult a personal injury attorney to see if you have a case. Even if you do not think that you need a lawyer, get the advice of one anyway because often, they will give a free case evaluation.
9) It is best not to discuss your injury claim with anyone else until you have talked to an attorney.