I was in a accident. What do I do?
A step-by-step process to protect yourself.
Step by Step processBeing in an accident is stressful and overwhelming. *If you have an accident you should:
1 - Move to a safe place if you can do so without sustaining injury or harm.
2 - Call 911
3 - Render aid to others if you are qualified to do so.
4 - Unless you need to leave in an ambulance -- Stay at the scene until the police arrive.
5 - Provide your information to the police and cooperate, but do NOT give a written statement (it may be used against you in a civil or criminal case).
6 - Unless you are a doctor, do not say that you are "ok", "fine", or "not hurt." (Insurance companies may use your statement to say you were not really hurt in the accident).
7 - Obtain the accident or case number from the police officer. Get the exchange form and the officer's business card.
8 - When the police say you can leave, get medical attention immediately. (Some severe injuries may not be obvious. Let the doctors do their job.)
9 - CALL A LAWYER! (Insurance companies are in the business of making money; this means they will pay as little as possible).
10 - Let your lawyer call the insurance companies and setup your claims. They know what to say and what NOT to say.
*The above information does not create an attorney-client relationship and is designed to be informational.
Oakmont Law PC can helpGlenn and Adam at Oakmont Law Group can help you navigate the potential minefield that are car accident claims. We help with getting your car fixed, getting you a rental car, finding a doctor, and by negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf.