Auto accidents are unexpected and sudden, but their impacts can be shocking and even life changing. Oftentimes, the drivers and passengers of cars are unsure of what to do and what not to do. Knowing how to handle the situation will reduce the stress caused by an auto accident and may even protect one’s rights. Here are three important things that you need to do after an auto accident.
The first thing you should do take time to assess the situation. Determine whether there are any serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. Next, call the police to insure that accident is officially recorded. While you are waiting for the police you should put your emergency lights on to notify other drivers that an accident has occurred and they should exercise caution.
After the safety concerns of all of the drivers and passengers have been addressed you should begin gathering information. Get the other driver’s name, phone number, vehicle registration information, and insurance information. Additionally, you need to get the contact information of anybody who witnessed the accident. Next, you should take photographs of the scene and any injuries or property damage. Finally, record information such as the condition of the road, the weather, and the position of the vehicles.
Protect your rights.
You should never admit liability to the other driver or offer any form of compensation. After a car accident, you need to protect any potential legal claims by not admitting liability. Additionally, you should contact an automobile crash attorney because they have the knowledge and experience to represent your interests to the other parties in the accident and insurance companies.
d’Oliveira & Associates are attorneys with years of experience handling car crash settlements and lawsuits.
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