Everything changes in an instant following a car accident. You could be suffering from emotional and physical trauma, and your car might sustain significant damage. It’s such an overwhelming experience that it’s common to feel confused about your next plan of action.
Our auto accident attorneys want to remind drivers what to do immediately following a car accident.
“It might be difficult but try to stay calm and collect your thoughts,” Scott Mann explains, 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.”
It’s extremely important to exchange information with the other driver. This information is essential for receiving fair compensation from insurance companies, or in a legal settlement. Write down their name, contact information, driver’s license number, make and model of vehicle, and their insurance carrier and policy number. If it’s possible, snap photos of the accident scene and of any damage. Make note of weather conditions, the time of day, and other details surrounding the accident.
“Do not leave your vehicle unless you are absolutely positive that it is safe to do so,” Mike Wyatt explains, 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 be second nature, never apologize for the accident — especially when the other motorist is at fault. This can be considered an admission of guilt, and the other driver’s insurance company can use it to deny you coverage. Keep sensitive information regarding your insurance policy to yourself. The other driver doesn’t need to know the details of your coverage limits or deductibles. Only leave the accident scene after exchanging necessary contact and vehicle information with the other driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured, please call our auto accident attorneys for a consultation. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley is ready 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.