If you are involved in a car or truck accident - especially an accident
that results in
personal injury - there are certain things that, if you are physically able, you should
do to preserve your claim for damages.
Assess the situation.
First, assess your physical condition, and the condition of anyone riding
as a passenger in your vehicle. If anyone in your vehicle is complaining
of any type of injury, immediately call 9 1 1, or ask someone on the scene
to do so. Even if the injuries are not life threatening, the police should
be called as soon as possible.
Get information about the accident.
Second, if you are physically able to do so, begin to collect information
regarding the accident. Be prepared, and always keep a small notebook
and pen in your glove compartment. You cannot depend on the police to
collect everything you will need. At a minimum you should obtain the following
- The name, address and telephone number of every driver of every other vehicle
involved in the accident; and
- The name address and telephone number of every passenger in every other
vehicle involved in the accident; and
- Write down the make, model, and license number of every vehicle involved
in the accident; and
- The name address and telephone number of every witness to the accident; and
- Insurance information, including the company name and policy number from
every driver of every other vehicle involved in the accident; and
- If the police report to the scene of the accident, obtain the name and
contact information for each reporting officer, and the police report
- If you have a camera, take pictures of the scene of the accident, including
photos of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident.
Listen more than you speak.
Third, you should not volunteer any information to anyone that was involved
in the accident. Be an active listener. If another driver tells you the
accident was his or her fault, write down what you have been told, and by whom.
Talk to the police.
Fourth, when the police arrive on the scene, you will likely be asked to
describe what happened. Be as complete and as thorough as you can be.
As your damage claim progresses, the police report will be relied on by
insurance adjusters and attorneys.
Seek medical treatment and legal guidance.
Finally, if you are hurt, do not decline medical treatment. Insurance adjusters
love to use a person's initial refusal to seek treatment at the scene
of an accident to deny or attempt to diminish the value of a claim.
If you were hurt in a car accident, now is the time to speak with a lawyer.
At the Montee Law Firm, P.C., our firm has the experience and knowledge
to help you get the results you deserve. Call now to schedule your initial
consultation with a member of our firm!