Motor vehicle accidents can occur without a moment’s notice. Whether you believe your driving skills are superb or not, you can become a victim of an accident at the drop of a hat. If you are lucky enough to survive your injuries, you will likely need to hire an attorney to secure your case. One thing is for sure, if you wait too long it will not be possible to file a lawsuit against the driver at fault. Below, you will discover 5 things you must do if you’re in an accident.
5 Things You Must Do If You’re in an Accident
If you get into an accident, start checking the boxes below. It could save your life…both in the present and in the future.
1) Find A Safe Location
If you are involved in a minor collision, it will be best to go ahead and move all vehicles to a safe location. Your safety should be the main concern at this point. Do not attempt to move a vehicle that has sustained major damage. The key to safety in this situation is to move to a safe location. Even if you believe that it will hurt your case or not, most local law enforcements encourage relocating to a safe area.
2) Call 911
Once you relocate your damaged vehicle to a safe location, you should call 911 right away. The dispatcher will immediately dispatch a law enforcement officer out to your location. Once the officer is present, you will need to explain your side of the story to him or her. Never admit fault, even if you believe the accident was caused by something you did. Instead, wait on the officer and detectives to determine who is at fault.
3) Start Gathering Information
The next step is to start gathering information from all motorists involved in the accident. Be sure to monitor each motorist’s behavior during the process. If you believe that one of the driver’s is going to flee, get their license plate number so you have it to give to the law enforcement officer working the accident.
4) Take Pictures
If you keep your wits about you throughout the process, you will be able to document the scene. If you have a smart phone, be sure to take pictures of the accident scene. Do not fail to take pictures, because it could secure your case. You can share these pictures with the officer working the accident and your car accident law firm. All of this documentation will help you win the case, if you are found to not be liable for the accident.
5) File A Claim
After the accident scene has been cleared and the law enforcement officer says it is okay for you to leave, you should contact your insurance company. Filing a claim is a simple process that can be completed in seconds. If you do not know whom to contact, you should take the time to check your insurance ID card. Your insurer’s information should be located on the card, along with the claim number.
Once you contact your insurer, the responsibility will no longer be yours. Your insurer will work quickly and diligently to make sure your vehicle is repaired in a timely manner.
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