Ten Things To Do After A Car Accident

Ten Commandments: Things to Do After a Car Accident

  1. REPORT THE ACCIDENT to the police. Do so while still at the scene.
  2. OBTAIN THE OTHER PARTY’S INFORMATION.  These include name, address, and phone number. Also  email, driver’s license number, car insurer and  policy number from their insurance card.
  3. If possible, TAKE PHOTOS of the accident scene. Also photograph your injuries. And any damage to all cars involved.
  4. OBTAIN ANY WITNESS’ INFORMATION. This includes name, address, phone number, and email.
  5. GET IMMEDIATE TREATMENT FOR ANY INJURIES. Don’t be a “hero.” Call an ambulance to take you to the emergency room.
  6. TELL THE POLICE WHAT HAPPENED. Truthfully tell just the facts. But DO NOT DISCUSS WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE OTHER DRIVER. DO NOT APOLOGIZE.  DON’T ARGUE.  Don’t become overly emotional.
  7. Locate your car insurance summary page and policy. Then REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO YOUR CAR  INSURANCE COMPANY.
  8.  ASK FOR AND KEEP COPIES OF ALL PAPERWORK. These include POLICE REPORTS, hospital reports, prescriptions, and MEDICAL REPORTS. Write down the name and address of all medical providers.
  9. DON’T DISCUSS THE CASE WITH ANYONE ELSE. Especially with the other driver’s insurer. Anything you say may be held against you. Therefore, DON’T SIGN ANYTHING without consulting a lawyer first. (You can sign medical consent forms necessary to get treatment needed immediately.)
  10. CALL A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY. As soon as you are able to.  Preferably not later than when you leave the emergency room.

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