It is natural to be shaken and confused after a car accident, but the steps you take or fail to take after an accident can make or break your case. You may were probably taught what to do after an accident when you learned to drive, but some important tips may have been left out. Please take a few minutes to re-familiarize yourself with the basics of what you should do after a car accident.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident. If possible, move your vehicle out of the flow of traffic to prevent further accidents.
- Call the police whether anyone is hurt or not. Some insurance companies will automatically deny your claim if there is no police report. If there are injured parties, tell the dispatcher that you need medical assistance.
- Get contact information for everyone involved. This includes full names, addresses, and phone numbers for all driver, passengers, pedestrians, and possible witnesses.
- Also, write down the license plate number, make, model, and color of all vehicles involved.
- Write down the insurance information for all drivers and vehicles involved.
- Get the names and badge numbers of the police officers who arrive.
- Take pictures of everything. This includes the other vehicles and any damage to the vehicles, any injuries, and everyone involved in the accident. Also take pictures of anything that might be relevant, such as skid marks, obscured signs, and damaged guardrails. Use your cell phone camera if you have one. If you don’t, please call us. We have cameras that you can use.
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident.
- Do not discuss the accident with the insurance company representatives of the other drivers.
- Contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible. He may want to send someone to the scene of the accident right away to collect evidence before it is removed, lost, or destroyed.
- Get medical attention even if you do not think you are inured. Some types of injuries, such as whiplash, do not become noticeable right away, but can cause serious long-term problems.
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident while it is still fresh on your mind.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, please call the Madison car accident lawyers at Boller & Vaughan at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation is free of charge and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.