DO'S AND DONT'S IF YOU GET IN A CAR ACCIDENT
MCIS LAWYERS has handled car accident cases for over 30 years. This guide is intended to assist anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
What to do at an Accident Scene-Do call the police.
-Do get information from any witnesses.
-Do take photographs.
-Do take photographs of the vehicles.
-Do take photographs of the accident scene, including how the vehicles ended up.
-Do tell the police officer about all of your injuries before you leave the scene.
What NOT to do at an Accident Scene-Don't discuss the accident with the other driver. If he wants to talk, let him.
-Don't discuss your injuries with the other driver.
-Don't move the vehicles unless the accident is minor. In a major accident, where fault is disputed, an accident reconstruction is often necessary and the investigating officers will want to investigate the position of the vehicles and debris in the roadway to assist them in determining fault.
What to do after leaving the Scene-Do seek medical attention, even if you think your injuries are minor. Even minor injuries can turn out to be significant. Moreover, insurance companies will attempt to capitalize on the absence of any emergency treatment when it comes time to resolve your case.
-If you decide hire a lawyer, make sure 1) he is experienced, and 2) he has significant trial experience. Many personal injury lawyers do not take cases to trial. An insurance company can find that out and exploit that as a weakness resulting in lower settlement offers. In addition, the insurance company will hire a trial lawyer and your lawyer better be prepared to try the case should you not get fair compensation.
What NOT to do after leaving the Scene-Don't give a recorded statement to anybody, not even your insurance company. It is okay to discuss the accident over the phone so long as it is not recorded.
-Don't give a written statement to anybody, not even your insurance company. Written or recorded statements can be obtained by others and will be used against you.
-Don't give any statement of any kind to the other party's insurance company. It will be used against you.