It is important to know what to do if you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident. Here is a list of things to do after a car accident.
Make Sure Everyone is okay
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is very important to first check to see if everyone is okay. If you have been involved in a serious car accident, Dial 911 and request police and medical assistance.
Exchange Information or Request Police Assistance for an Incident Report
If you have been involved in a minor fender bender accident, exchange information including insurance information with all parties. Do not admit liability or make any statements to the parties about how the accident occurred. You should try to obtain as much information from other parties, including witnesses not directly involved in the accident. If you are involved in a more serious incident, and you feel that you have sustained bodily injury, it is vital that you request police assistance so the accident can be documented.
Take Photos & Call your Insurance Company
It is essential to document the accident, so take pictures of the vehicles involved, the scene of the accident, skid marks, or any physical injuries you or other may have sustained.
Contact your insurance company as well as the other parties insurance companies and file a claim. If you have been involved in a more serious accident, it is extremely important to contact an attorney before filing a claim with your insurance company or the third party insurance company.
Contact an Attorney
You need to be careful who you talk to, do not provide a recorded statement. Contact an attorney to lead you through this process. As stated above, it is extremely important to contact a local attorney who specializes in car accidents. Most attorneys provide free legal consultations and do not charge unless you win.
Seek Medical Treatment
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, do not wait to seek medical treatment. Go to the hospital, or your personal doctor right away.
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