Sometimes, even the most careful drivers get into accidents. If you are in a car accident, it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure you are protected should there be an insurance dispute or if the case goes to trial. Here are five things to do if you’ve been in a car accident.
Before you talk to the driver of the other car, look for witnesses and talk to them as soon as possible. Ask them what they saw and take down their contact information. If you don’t involve them quickly, they could leave without talking to you, and you won’t know how to reach them. Having witnesses will help if there is a dispute about who was at fault in the accident.
Write Everything Down
It’s important to document everything: names and contact information of witnesses, driver’s license information for the other driver, insurance information, license plate, make and model of the other car, name of the police officer on scene, etc. Be as complete as possible and keep this information in a safe place. You will need it when talking to your insurance company or if the accident ends up in court.
Almost everyone has a phone with a camera on it. Use it. Take pictures of the vehicle damage, any injuries you sustained, and the scene of the accident from all angles. If the other party is at fault, this will only strengthen your case – both for insurance and legal purposes.
Call Your Insurance Company
Once you have documented everything at the scene of the accident, call your insurance company and report what happened. They will walk you through the next steps. Have your notes available so you can give them as much information as possible.
Get an Attorney
If you are injured during the accident or if it is unclear who is the responsible party in the accident, contact an accident attorney. A good attorney will be able to ensure that you are fairly represented and compensated for any medical bills or lost income you might incur as a result of the accident.
If you have been in an accident and are unsure about what to do next, please contact The Law Offices of John P. Burns at 949-496-7000 or email Attorney John Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s always free to ask questions.