Unfortunately, many people will not be responsible while driving and will cause a car accident. If you were involved in an accident caused by someone’s carelessness or negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. First, you must get through the first few hours and days after the crash. What you do during this time can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Don’t Wait to Call 911.
Call 911 if anyone is hurt. Any delay could be fatal.
2. Remove Your Vehicle from Traffic
Get out of traffic, if no one is hurt. Many individuals are injured further after a collision when they’re hit by vehicles that do not see the stopped cars in the road.
3. Make Note of Important Details
Look around and take note of significant details about the crash. For example, who’s the other motorist? You may need to point them out to authorities.
4. Obtain Contact Information
Get the contact information you need from the other motorist. Ask for their name, phone numbers, address, and their insurance provider and policy number. You will also need to provide the other motorist with the same.
5. Don’t Admit Fault
Do not suggest you’re at fault in any way, even if you think you might be. After an investigation, you may discover that you weren’t responsible for the crash after all.
6. Take Photographs
Photograph everything you can, including the vehicles, injuries, the road, and anything else you feel may be important to illustrate later on.
7. Get Information from Witnesses
Be sure to understand who the witnesses are, because you might want to contact them afterwards. Their testimony may be helpful to you if you go to court.
8. Seek Medical Attention No Matter What
If it appears you and your passengers aren’t injured, seek medical attention regardless. It is possible that you may be shock or an have internal injuries that aren’t easily detected.
9. Obtain the Police Report
A report of the injury should be accessible with three days of the injury. Assess the report for any mistakes or omissions of facts and let law enforcement officers know of any discrepancies you have with the initial report.
10. Contact a Lawyer
After the crash, contact a Fresno car accident lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown to speak with an experienced lawyer who can help you put together a solid car accident claim. Call now at (559) 431-4400.