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Three Important Things To Do After A Car Accident

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.

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.

Prioritize safety.

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.

Gather information.

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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Govstench February 02, 2013 at 02:10 PM
The best advice is to fill out the accident report after you call your insurance company. That's what you pay them for. They represent you to fend off these ambulance chasers.
Rob Borkowski February 02, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Local Bargain Jerk - It's not a paid ad, so your label would've been misleading. It's under our local voices label, not news. You're welcome to start your own blog.
Jack Baillargeron February 02, 2013 at 05:29 PM
True Gov I would justr add, never admit fault and never accuse the other involved at fault at the scene, and absolutly make sure you get name and badge number and a copy of the police report for your self to verify it is what you said to the police as soon as they have it available. Also even if you do not feel injured at the time, should you feel anything out of the ordinary later go immediatly to the hospital and get it all recorded, do not wait!!!! I know of so many times people getting hurt seriously but do not do this and then have a lot of trouble proving it was caused by the accident. The insurance Company can only be as good as the information you give it period. ;-}
Local Bargain Jerk February 02, 2013 at 05:38 PM
-- Local Bargain Jerk - It's not a paid ad, so your label would've been misleading. I was trying to make a point via sarcasm. It was probably a not a good approach and it looks like I missed the mark. I'll try and think of another more lucid way to present my thoughts next time. -- You're welcome to start your own blog. Unlike the author of this blog post, I'm not trying to sell anything. When the day comes that I do have similar goods or services to sell, I'll just put on my loud plaid suit, my matching vinyl white belt and shoes, and my genuine "crash attorney" fedora. Then, I'll advise people that when they're in a car accident, they should flip on their emergency flashers, slip on their hard-plastic neck brace, and speed-dial their lawyer ... not necessarily in that order.
paul doliveira February 06, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I fail to see why so many people are upset by an article that advises people what to do if they have been seriously injured by a negligent driver. Lawyers are like cops...alot of people hate cops but when someone is breaking into their homes who do they call? The same goes here...it's easy to bash lawyers...but if someone is laid up from a serious injury in a car accident and the creditors are calling them up demanding payment...they are not going to call their priest are they?

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