Written by attorney Robert A. Kraft

10 Steps to Take Immediately After an Auto Accident

Thousands of people are involved in auto collisions every year. We have found that many forget the basic steps to take because of the stress and anxiety created by the collision. Here are a few simple things each person in such a situation should remember.

  1. Stop immediately, but do not block traffic. Warn oncoming automobiles. Telephone the police.
  2. Assist anyone who may be injured.
  3. Unless your vehicle is blocking traffic or creating the potential for another accident, do not move it or the accident debris until you are instructed to do so by the investigating police officer.
  4. Make written notes of any statements made by the driver or occupants of the other vehicle as to how the accident occurred.
  5. Get the name, address, and phone numbers of the driver of the other vehicle. Copy the driver's license number of that driver. Write down the license plate numbers of each vehicle involved. Exchange automobile insurance information with the other driver. Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
  6. If you believe the driver of the other vehicle may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, tell this to the investigating police officer.
  7. Contact a law firm with experience in handling personal injury cases and telephone your insurance agent.
  8. Take photographs of the damage to your vehicle and of any injuries to yourself and others in your vehicle.
  9. See your doctor if there is any chance you may have been injured. Serious injuries do not always cause immediate pain.
  10. Keep calm, don't argue, don't accuse anyone and don't admit fault.

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