It can be frightening to be involved in any type of car accident, even if there is little damage to the vehicles involved and you do not appear to be injured. When an accident occurs, you may panic and be unsure where to turn first. Fortunately, there are simple steps that you can take following a car accident that will not only protect you, but also protect your right to potentially bring a personal injury claim.
First, call 911. You or other individuals who were involved in the accident may need medical attention, even if it doesn’t seem readily apparent. At the very least, you can get checked out by medical personnel and receive any recommendations for future treatment. Additionally, police officers can make a report, get contact information for all parties involved and all witnesses, and write an account of the accident. These details can be essential later on if you have a personal injury claim.
Next, make your own notes and take photographs of the accident yourself. This ensures that you have documentation of everything that happened in case the police officer misses something or does not record some detail that may be relevant to the accident. You need to document the condition of all vehicles involved, the contact information for all drivers and witnesses to the accident, and the insurance policy information from any other drivers.
Above all, be careful about what you say at the scene. This includes apologizing to others that were involved in the accident. By apologizing, it may appear that you are admitting fault for the accident. If you make a statement as to your guilt or responsibility for the accident, you may compromise your ability to make a personal injury claim related to the accident.
Boller & Vaughan are Wisconsin motor vehicle accident lawyers who dedicate their practice to protecting the interests of the injured and their families. Call our office today to set up your free consultation and learn what options are available to you.