By: Robert F. Goings
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT:
Here is our best advise of what to do after a car or truck accident:
Step 1 – Get Medical Attention
Call 911 right away to make sure serious injuries get prompt medical attention. Even if you experience bruises, soreness, aches, or pains, go the the emergency room or scheduled an appointment with you primary doctor as soon as possible.
Step 2 — File A Police Report or Incident Report
File a police report, even if you’ve only been in a minor car accident. This is your best protection against inflated or false claims. Only discuss the accident with police and do NOT admit fault.
Move out of the way of traffic to protect yourself from further injury.
Step 3 – Preserve Evidence for Your Case
Take photographs and video, if possible, of the accident scene, any injuries, and any resulting damages.
Obtain the following insurance-related information from the other driver:
Name, address, birthdate, phone number, driver’s license info, and insurance info
The make, year, model, license plate number, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the other car
If the other driver doesn’t own the car, get the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance info of the other car’s registered owners
The names, addresses, and phone numbers of any passengers in the other vehicle
If the accident involves a truck, take photographs of:
The tractor-trailer involved, especially photographs of any company names, Department of Transportation (DOT) numbers, and logos.
The location of the tractor-trailer at final rest.
Identify any witnesses and obtain their contact information before they leave the accident scene.
Contact your insurance company to inform them that an accident has occurred, but don’t give a recorded statement.
Step 4 – Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Before you sign any papers or give a recorded statement to the insurance company, it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced car accident attorney. An attorney can provide you the best likelihood to receive the compensation that you deserve.
Hiring an experienced car accident attorney can help you to:
Obtain the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve
Coordinate a rental car or other transportation method to replace your damaged vehicle
Avoid having your words used against you by the insurance company or the at-fault party
Focus on recovering from your injuries instead of stressing about medical bills and lost wages
If you’ve been hurt in a serious car or truck accident, it’s important to act fast. The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can investigate your claim, preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and help build your case.
Our legal consultations are free and there’s no obligation to use our services. The Goings Law Firm, LLC is available at 803-350-9230 to answer your questions.