When you experience a car accident, your life changes instantly. Your automobile is significantly damaged. Even worse, you could be suffering from intense emotional and physical pain. It’s common to feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do next.
Our auto accident attorneys want drivers everywhere to follow these important tips when involved in an accident.
“It might be difficult but try to stay calm and collect your thoughts,” says Scott Mann, auto accident attorney. “If it’s possible, carefully move your car out of traffic to avoid another accident. Call 9-1-1 if you, your passenger, or the other motorist is injured and needs medical assistance. Motorists should also call the police after a collision.”
Following the collision, exchange information with the other driver. Write down their name, contact information, insurance carrier and policy number, make and model of vehicle, and driver’s license number. Also make note of the street, weather conditions, time of day, and every other detail about the accident. Take photos of any damage and of the accident scene itself. This information will help in getting you fair compensation during a legal settlement, or from the insurance company.
“Do not leave your vehicle unless you are absolutely positive that it is safe to do so,” explains Mike Wyatt, auto accident attorney. “You don’t want to risk being hit by oncoming traffic. Also don’t try to move if you or a passenger has been injured. Wait for the paramedics to arrive to avoid further injuring yourself.”
Even though it might seem polite, never apologize for the accident when it wasn’t your fault. This good gesture can be viewed by the other driver’s insurance company as an admission of guilt. They will then use it as an excuse to deny you coverage. Never share sensitive information about your insurance coverage limits or deductibles. It’s also extremely important to not leave the accident scene until you have gathered all the necessary information about the other driver and vehicle.
Please call our auto accident attorneys if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley is honored to serve your case!
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Our law firm was founded in 1999 by attorney Scott Mann. With more than 50 combined years of trial and litigation experience, we are one of the Midwest’s most qualified firms practicing exclusively in personal injury, including car accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation.