What to do After Being Involved in a Car Accident
AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION, YOU SHOULD TAKE THE NEXT STEPS IMMEDIATELY:
FIRST, MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR PASSENGERS ARE CONSCIOUS AND NO ONE HAS LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.
If your vehicle is severely damaged, do not exit the vehicle or more the vehicle, turn off the vehicle, turn on your hazard lights, and immediately call 911.
If the vehicle is operable, move the vehicle out of traffic to a safe place, turn off the vehicle, turn on your hazard lights, and call police or 911.
Again, if you are injured or in immediate pain, do not exit the vehicle or move.
If you are able to move without pain after the collision, gather information and take pictures of the vehicles.
INFORMATION THAT SHOULD BE GATHERED:
Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
Drivers and passengers names and contact information from both vechiles
Driver’s license numbers
License plate numbers
Insurance information (including company and policy number)
Eyewitness information: obtain names and contact information for any persons who witnessed the collision
Accident scene location and/or address
Police officer’s name and badge number when they come to the scene
Take photos of both vehicles and damage to each vehicle
* DO NOT sign any documents or speak with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Most importantly, contact a lawyer. A lawyer can ensure that you have taken all of the right steps, whether you are at fault or not.
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