If you are involved in an Car, Truck, Bicycle, Motorcycle accident, or a Pedestrian v. Auto there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your interests. Here is a minor guide line to follow:
1. NEVER LEAVE the scene of the accident, even a minor one. Make sure to stay and exchange information.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND THE ACCIDENT SCENE
Immediately turn on your hazard lights on. If you have traffic flares, use them to help give notice to other drivers on the road. If your car is not movable and are able to safely exit the vehicle and get to safer are like the side of the road. The vehicles involved in the accident should remain where they are, unless they interfere with traffic. If your car is movable and interfering with traffic, move your vehicle to the side of the street.
AFTER AN ACCIDENT CALL THE POLICE.
Try to keep calm and provide details of your location and the vehicles involved in the accident. If a police office is dispatched to the scene, ask for a report to be taken. Make sure to record and keep safe the police report number (generally officers provide a card, with instructions on how to obtain the report and provide the report number at the same time)
MAKE YOUR OWN ACCURATE RECORDING.
If police arrive, make sure to give a full and accurate detailed description of the accident. DO NOT SPECULATE. Only provide details that you are certain of. After an accident a human body may go into shock, this may not allow you to realize some injuries you may have sustained. DO NOT SPECULATE on your injuries, as symptoms of pain may reveal itself over the course of the days that follows.
TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING.
With todays modern smart phone we all have a camera handy, As such, Use it. After an accident, use your phone to take pictures of 1) Accident location, 2) Block numbers, 3) Street Signs, 4) the Road and any debris left on the floor. As well as 5) Your vehicle damages, 6) The defendant's vehicle damages and 7) Defendants license plate. Obtain as much as information as you can without interfering with the on going police investigation. If you have any visible bodily injuries, take pictures of that as well. *The key is to get as much documented as possible.
If the investigating police officer obtains this information, then you don't need to worry about it. But before or after the investigation, if available exchange information with the other party. If you can take a picture of 1) Driver license of there other party, 2) insurance card, back and front, 3) registration of the vehicle.
RECORD WITNESS INFORMATION & ACCIDENT DETAIL.
If there are witnesses, make sure to get the witnesses name and phone number. If an officer is investigating the accident do not interfere with the investigation as the officer will obtain all the information for you and will have all information available on the police report. At your earliest availability write down what you remember about the accident for your own record.
REPORT THE ACCIDENT.
Notify your insurance company as soon as possible, BUT YOUR BETTER OFF PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS by consult your accident attorney. Generally, if your hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer, they will report it for you.
IN PAIN? DO NOT SELF TREAT, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
Regardless of the severity of the injury, I am a firm believe to always have yourself examined for your injuries after and accident. At times your injuries may be found to be more severe then expected.
KEEP SAFE ALL DOCUMENTS AND PICTURES.
Keep all your accident-related documents, pictures, and information together. I highly recommend that after a severe accident, for my clients to keep a journal of injuries, keeping notes of things they are no longer able to do, pain levels, injury symptom's and their road to recovery. MAKE SURE TO PROVIDE ALL INFORMATION TO YOU PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
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