NEVER LEAVE THE SCENE. If you leave the scene of an accident, especially where another person was injured or killed, you could face criminal charges.
If you are in a safe area, move your care out of the flow of traffic, over to the shoulder if possible. Watch for oncoming traffic when exiting your vehicle.
If you are injured call for help. Check to make sure others involved in the accident are ok. Call 911 immediately if there are any injuries.
Call the police if the accident involves significant damage, injury, or death. The police will create a report with all persons involved and at the scene.
Get names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, license plate numbers etc. of other persons involved. (Do not apologize or admit guilt or fault when speaking with other drivers. Be cordial, but stick to obtaining basic information.)
Equally do not accuse the other person of fault. Make a mental or written note about what was said, but do not start and argument as to fault.
Take photos of the damages, injuries, and scene if possible.
Draft a sketch of the scene as you remember it, explaining how the accident occurred.
Talk to witnesses at the scene and try to find out what they saw. Get their names, addresses, and telephone numbers if possible. If they are residents of the area or work in the area, ask them if they have ever witnessed other accidents in the same place.
Inform your insurance company as soon as possible and be honest about the details of the accident and your injuries. Lying will not get you any additional recovery and can only hurt your claim later on.
Keep track of your doctors, treatment(s), medical bills, and medical records.
Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than your attorney, your insurance company, and the police. Do not talk to a representative of another insurance company under any circumstances. Your attorney will help guide you through in-person interviews etc.
Be careful if you are offered a settlement from an insurance company. Your attorney should take care of this step, but if you are offered a settlement immediately contact your attorney.
Finally, CALL AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY who specializes in accident and injury claims for advice and answers to your questions.
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