Here are some basic tips to keep in mind if you or a loved one is involved in an accident.
Call 911 or Local Law Enforcement
It is always best to report the accident immediately, whether serious or minor.
Exchange Insurance Information
Typically, an investigating officer will obtain this information as part of the Traffic Accident Report. However, if no officer responds, exchange driver license and auto insurance information with the other driver(s).
Take Pictures - and Keep Track of Everything
If you are able, take pictures of the damage to both vehicles, the surrounding area, any debris in the road, visible injuries, etc. And, keep track of notes, police business cards, medical reports, etc.
Seek Medical Attention
If your injuries did not require an ambulance ride to the ER, visit your family doctor or an urgent care, preferably the same day.
Often, however, injuries to the cervical and lumbar spine do not set in for several days, sometimes up to a week. If you have any physical pain or discomfort, do not wait to feel better - seek medical attention!
Call an Attorney!
Do not make any statements to insurance companies, do not sign any paperwork or cash any checks, do not answer any questions about the accident or your injuries until you speak with a local attorney.
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