I’ve Been In A Car Accident! What Do I Do?
10 Steps to Take
By Frank Giunta
Step 1: Stay calm. Remain at the scene. Determine whether you have suffered any injuries. If you need immediate help, call 911. If it is safe to do so, check to see whether any other people involved in the accident are injured. If anyone is injured, call 911. Do not get out of your vehicle if it is not safe to do so!
Step 2: DO NOT ADMIT FAULT. Even an apology may be labeled an admission of fault, which could damage your claim. You may not be in the best position to assess how or why the accident occurred. It is often difficult to say that one particular act caused an accident. An accident may result from one or a combination of several factors, including: negligence of either driver, poor maintenance of either vehicle, traffic signal malfunction, or an object left on the road.
Step 3: Gather information. It is very important that you get the following information:
– The names, cell phone numbers, and addresses of all drivers involved in the accident.
– The driver’s license numbers of all drivers involved in the accident.
– Insurance information for all drivers involved in the accident.
– The license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
– The names, cell phone numbers, and addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident.
Step 4: Take photographs. If it is safe to do so, use your phone to take photographs of the following:
– All vehicles that were involved in the accident. Get pictures of the vehicles
from all sides.
– Any damage to any vehicles involved in the accident.
– The spots where the vehicles came to rest after the accident.
– The road and road conditions where the accident occurred.
Step 5: Get out of traffic. If it can be done safely, move your vehicle out of the roadway. Your vehicle can become a traffic hazard leading to more accidents if left in the roadway.
Step 6: Call 911 to file an official accident report. These reports can keep witness statements from changing after the time of the accident. When the police arrive, get the name of the officer filing the report and the report number. Find out when the police report will be available and get a copy as soon as possible.
Step 7: Contact your insurance company. Most insurance companies require policyholders to report any auto accidents involving the policy holder.
Step 8: See a doctor within the next 24 hours. You should visit a doctor even if you do not think you were injured. A medical doctor may spot injuries that are not obvious. Many common auto accident injuries, such as whip lash, soft tissue, and internal injuries do not become noticeable until weeks or even months after an accident.
Step 9: Save copies of every document related to your accident. This includes photographs, police reports, medical records, medical bills, car repair estimates and invoices, etc.
Step 10: Consult with an experienced accident attorney before you talk to an insurance adjuster or sign any documents.
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Automobile and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of personal injury and death in the U.S., with almost three million injuries and over 40,000 deaths each year. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident because of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to payments for personal injury or wrongful death. We may be able to help you to recover payments for medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, physical pain and emotional suffering, disability, and future losses. Contact Frank Giunta today if you’ve been in a car accident – Call 1-800-515-7200.