Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on May 21, 2018 in Auto Accidents
Automobile accidents happen suddenly, with little or no warning. After the collision, motorists and passengers are often stunned, shocked, and possibly injured. After a car accident there are many general actions to take such as calling 911 immediately if anyone needs assistance. Calling law enforcement is another general step to take in order to file a police report.
The following are some other important steps to take after an accident:
If possible move away from the accident scene and/or traffic. Other negligent drivers may not see the initial accident and could crash into the scene further injuring motorists.
After the police and emergency services have been called, exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver(s) involved in the crash.
When the police officer is filing their report share only the facts of the accident; do not admit guilt nor blame the other driver as it could complicate the situation.
Record the scene with your cellphone or camera. Make notes of what you remember such as what speed you were traveling at, what direction you were headed in, weather conditions, and other important information.
Ask for contact information from pedestrians or other witnesses that may be able to verify how the accident happened.
If you receive medical aid make sure you keep copies of receipts, diagnosis, and contact information of those who treated your injuries. If possible retain images of your injuries as well.
Filing a claim with your insurer may be your next step, however, before filing an insurance claim you may wish to contact a lawyer in order to determine if you may be entitled to further compensation. Although insurance companies often do their part to help with vehicle repairs and injuries sustained, they may not provide adequate compensation.
Harbin & Burnett provides free consultations for anyone injured in an automobile accident. One of our attorneys will discuss your claim with you and help you determine your best course of action.
So if you have been injured in an automobile accident, call us now at 1-800-671-1158.
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