Every car accident is unexpected; it’s just as the name describes – an accident. While some accidents are minor scratches or fender benders, others are more damaging or even cause injuries. Of course making sure everyone involved is ok should be your first priority, but there are some other things to keep in mind when you’re involved in an accident as well. Being prepared for what you should do when involved in an accident will help you protect yourself if there is a need for a lawsuit.
Important steps to take:
Stay at the scene
never leave the scene of an accident. If there is an injury leading to a possible death, this could be considered a hit and run. Always remain on the scene until it is appropriate to leave.
Before being concerned about your vehicle, make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay. If medical attention is needed, call 911. Be sure not to move anyone, unless absolutely necessary due to a road or fire hazard. There could be car accident injuries such as spinal cord, back, neck, or even traumatic brain injuries that could be worsened if you move the person the wrong way.
Get a report
The police will file a report and always get a copy of the report with all officer’s names and badge numbers.
Make sure you get the insurance information of the other vehicle involved. Get their name, address, contact info and insurance information of the driver, and if there are any passengers, remember to get their contact info as well. Talk to witnesses and get their contact information. Make sure and take pictures of any damage for your records.
Never admit fault by apologizing for something on the scene. You could be faced with large out of pocket expenses, or even possible court proceedings.
If anyone was injured in the accident, it’s best to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you with a claim or lawsuit for recovery if you’re injured or better defend yourself if you’re at fault. At Oldham & Smith, we are experienced in representing clients who have been injured. For more information or to speak directly with an attorney call (352) 292-1620 or contact us by email to discuss your case. We offer a trusted reputation and solid record of results.