What to do if you are in an auto accident in the District of Columbia
You’ve just been in an auto accident: This may be one of the scariest things that has ever happened to you in your life: your pulse is racing and your mind may not be thinking straight. Do not panic! Here is what to do. And just as important, here is what not to do.
What To Do1. Call 911 if anyone is injured immediately: Seek medical care for those that need it.
2. Call the police: The police will document the scene and interview witnesses for a potential report.
3. Gather evidence: Take pictures of the collision, including the vehicles involved, and the location. Photograph any damage to the vehicles.
4. Talk to uninvolved witnesses: get their names and numbers and ask what they saw. Draw a diagram of the scene, note the time, the weather, and any other facts that may be relevant.
5. Exchange information with the other driver: Note the person's name, address, driver's license information, license plate number, registration number, and the year, make and model of cars involved.
6. Report the collision to your insurance company.
7. Call an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction with experience representing victims of personal injury.
What Not To Do1. Do not panic. Remain calm.
2. Do not leave the scene of the collision.
3. Do not admit fault to anybody. Do not apologize to anybody.
4. Do not wait to contact a lawyer: Contact a lawyer as soon as possible while your memory is still fresh. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your case.
5. Do not talk to anybody from the other parties' insurance company until you have first spoken to a lawyer.
6. Do not sign anything from anyone, and do not settle your case, until you have spoken to a lawyer.