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What To Do After A Car Accident

A car accident can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved. But if the proper steps are not taken after the accident is over, then lives could be affected and financial futures could be lost.

The first thing you want to do when you have been in an accident is make sure that you are not severely injured. If you are severely injured, then remain where you are until help arrives. If you are not severely injured, then there are several steps you should take:

Contact the Authorities

If there are injuries in the accident, then call the police first and let the police know that there have been injuries. The police will let you know if you should call an ambulance, or if an ambulance is on the way. The police will be critical in helping to maintain order at the chaotic scene and making sure that the proper information is exchanged between all of the drivers.

Exchange Insurance Information

In most cases, the police will tell you that the insurance information you will need will be on the police report. But that is not something that you should always rely on. Approach the other driver(s) and suggest that you exchange insurance information. You will each need addresses, insurance company names, and policy numbers.

Say Nothing More

The only information you want to take from the other driver or give to the other driver is insurance information. Avoid discussing the details of the accident with the other driver and do not contact the other driver's insurance company until you have spoken with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You want to be sure the other insurance company is given the right information. If you say something you should not say, then you could damage your case against the other driver(s).

Record Details

Get out your smartphone and start taking pictures of the accident scene. If you do not have a camera with you, then make friends with someone who does and ask if you can get the pictures emailed to you. Record details of the accident such as how many vehicles were involved, where the damage was on each vehicle, and any injuries that you can visibly see.

Find Witnesses

There is a very good chance that someone saw your accident. If there are witnesses that stayed around at the accident scene to talk to the police, then ask those witnesses for their names and contact information. Do not take statements from the witnesses because that is a job for the police and your lawyer. You just need to collect the witness information for your lawyer to use when building your case.

Avoid Social Media

Do not post pictures or information about your accident on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. The chances are good that you do not have all of the right details immediately after the accident and you could hurt your case if you start posting incorrect information on public forums.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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