Common Questions Victim’s Have After an Accident
There are over five million car accidents occurring on U.S. roads each year. Some of these accidents are preventable. A car wreck can send a person’s life into chaos in a short period. Many of us haven’t been in a car accident and might not know what the correct steps are right after being involved in one. Knowing what to do and what not to do can help save you a lot of time and money in the future.
Here are some common questions people have after an accident.
What do I do first after an accident?
The first thing you should is to check on the other passengers and drivers to see the extent of their injuries, as well as look at yours. Do not settle things on the spot with the other driver; injuries can take days or even weeks to be noticed. No matter how minor an accident maybe, you should contact medical assistance and the police as soon as possible. Getting the police involved will help document the scene and allow for an investigation of the scene of the accident. An officer will talk to you about moving your vehicle, and another will take everyone’s statements.
What information do I need to collect?
- Drivers’ names of all vehicles involved
- License numbers, address, phone number, insurance companies and policy numbers
- License plate number, color, make, year and model of all cars involved in the wreck
- Full name, address and phone number of all occupants in the vehicles as well as pedestrians or witnesses nearby
- Police officer’s name, department and badge number
- Actual location of the accident
Have a smartphone to take pictures can be especially helpful so that you have accurate information and have less of a chance of losing it.
Do I need an attorney?
Getting an attorney is not required after a car accident, but can be extremely helpful. Talking to an experienced car accident attorney can help set your mind at ease after being involved in a car wreck. An attorney will be able to tell you what you should or shouldn’t say to protect your interests. If there is a settlement after the accident, your attorney is the one that will negotiate on your behalf. Having a knowledgeable law firm on your side can make the difference between not being able to get your life back on track and getting a settlement to pay for your expenses.
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