WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT:
- Call for Help: Call 911 for emergency assistance immediately. If possible, do not move vehicles until the police arrive. Allow first responders to assess the situation and create a collision report.
- Be Quiet: Beyond finding out everyone’s condition, you do not want to say much else. What you say can and may be used against you. Even an utterance such as “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there” may be taken as admission of guilt. If first responders ask you questions, answer truthfully, keeping it short and simple. The only thing you need to exchange with other people involved is insurance information such as policy number, insurance agency, agent name and contact info.
- Obtain Witness Information: Many times witnesses to an accident will pull over to offer assistance. It is important to get the names and contact information of the witnesses. You’ll also want to gather the information of other driver(s) in the accident, including name, contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance information.
- Take Pictures: Taking pictures of the scene of an accident can help you remember exactly what occurred. Use your cell phone or camera to take photos of the vehicle damages, your injuries, traffic lights, the entire scene, skid marks, and anything else that may help.
- Get Medical Attention: From whiplash to spinal cord damage, car accident injuries can range from moderate to severe. Make sure you get medical attention right away if you’ve been severely injured. Even if you don’t feel like you got hurt, consider seeing a doctor for a check-up.
- Obtain a Collision Report: The responding agency, whether it be state or local, will fill out a collision report which details their findings. You or your lawyer can check with the appropriate agencies to obtain a collision report.
- Don’t Sign Anything: Paperwork often materializes within days after the accident. You may be told that it’s just an insurance formality, when in fact it may be your admission of guilt or a way to eliminate your rights. It’s best to tell them that you’d like to look over the words first and then get back to them. It would be in your best interest to take the document to an experienced auto accident attorney, unsigned, so they can evaluate its purpose.
Contact Austin S. Pieratt Esq. at 405-551-5109 to discuss your auto accident case with an attorney today.