If you are involved in an automobile accident, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your interests. The following is a list of the top ten things you should do if you are in an automobile accident:
- Call the police immediately after any significant property damage or injury occurs.
- Gather evidence by taking pictures. Do not move or take away any pieces of the accident scene if you don’t have to. Take pictures of vehicle positions, license plates, debris on the road, car damage, injuries, road conditions and street signs.
- Get witness contact information, including home addresses.
- Get police officer contact information, including badge numbers.
- Exchange insurance information with other drivers and do not discuss who was at fault in the crash until you have spoken with a lawyer.
- Do not refuse medical attention or an ambulance. You need medical attention as soon as possible, and getting medical attention immediately will help your case for personal injury compensation in the long run.
- Tell medical professionals about everything that hurts and get treated. Your insurance company will only pay for medical costs and injuries that are officially documented.
- Follow the treatment instructions prescribed by every doctor you see.
- Call your insurance company to report the car crash as soon as possible.
- Keep an ongoing record of all discussions you have with police, medical professionals and insurance providers regarding your accident and resulting injuries.
Do not consent to a recorded statement with any insurance provider, and do not agree to a settlement offer without speaking with a personal injury attorney first.