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.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.