Car accidents can be confusing, tense, and filled with anger or frustration,
however you have a legal duty to remain at the scene and assist in any
way possible. But in doing so, it’s easy to make a mistake that
could impact your case. So with that in mind, here are four simple steps
you can follow at the scene of an accident that protect you and fulfill
1. Check for Injury
The first and single most important thing you need to do after a car accident
is check for any serious injuries. If anyone in either car is seriously
hurt, whether they are the driver or the passenger, you need to call 911
and inform them of the accident immediately. Any delays in getting medical
attention for those injured in a car accident could worsen their condition
and lead to substantially greater damages.
2. Exchange Information
The next thing you need to do as a driver is find the other drivers involved
and exchange information. Get each driver’s name, address, phone
number, driver’s license information, and their insurance information
(company, policy number, etc.). You should also be ready to give out this
information to the other drivers involved. Do not skip this step: it’s
important to your case, and failing to give your information is against the law.
3. Gather Evidence
Ask the law enforcement officer who prepares your accident report for the
accident report number. It may take several days for this report to be
prepared and completed, but you’ll absolutely want to get a copy
of it as soon as you can and submit it to your insurance company. Likewise,
pictures can tell a remarkably detailed story of an accident. Photograph
the damage to your vehicle, any visible injuries you have, and any traffic
control devices that could have an influence on your accident.
4. Notify Your Insurance Company
Finally, once all of these duties are complete, you’ll want to make
a call to your insurance company and notify them about the accident to
file a claim. They will probably ask you to give a statement: be as upfront
and honest as possible, but don’t speculate or guess if you can’t
remember something accurately. Furthermore, do
not speak with anyone else’s insurance company until you have spoken
with your own.
You should also not hesitate to reach out to a Midland car accident attorney
and retain a valuable advocate who can fight for your rights.
Contact Dean Law Firm today at (432) 214-8125 to request a case evaluation!