• Jun
    28
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    What to Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident

    No matter how good a driver you are or how carefully you drive, you are always at risk of getting into a car accident. Millions of accidents occur each year, and two-thirds of those accidents just lead to damage to the vehicles involved. The other third unfortunately lead to some kind of personal injury, and twenty percent of those lead to a fatality.  Though we hope you never get into an accident of any kind, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the day that a car accident occurs. Here’s what to do when you’re involved in a car accident:

    • Stay on the scene. Don’t ever drive away from an accident, no matter how minor it seems.
    • Call the police and wait for them, even if nobody was hurt and the damage doesn’t seem serious. Having a police report will help in many ways, from filing a claim with your insurance company to pursuing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. When you speak to the police, provide as much detail as possible, as accurately as possible. If you’re asked if you were hurt, say so – if you’re not sure, then say that – don’t say no. Keep in mind that it can take hours or days for injuries to become apparent. And remember to get the police report number.
    • Leave the vehicles where they are unless they are blocking traffic. You want to protect the scene of the incident, but you also want to ensure continued safety for yourself and for other drivers.
    • Photograph the scene on your cell phone, from the vehicles involved to the surrounding area. Make sure that you get a shot of pertinent details like street signs, stop lights or stop signs, lines on the road and more.
    • Get the other driver’s information, including name, address and phone number and their insurance information. If there are witnesses, get their information too.
    • Call your insurance company right away to report what happened.
    • Seek medical attention. Unless you are 100% sure that you are okay, you should go to the closest emergency room or to your family physician to be checked out. This is especially important if you begin to experience symptoms later.
    • Keep all of your documentation together in a single file so that it is easy to access.

    In addition to all of these steps, one of the most important things you can do is to contact an experienced car accident attorney. Doing so will provide you with the guidance that you need to ensure that your rights are protected.

     

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