If You Are In A Car Accident

Here are a few tips if you are involved in an automobile accident:

  • Do not move your vehicle unless you are directed to do so by a police officer.
  • Call 911.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident, which is a motor vehicle violation.
  • Obtain the other driver’s information, including name, address and drivers license number, the year, make and model of the car, and the name of the insurer and policy number.
  • Do not move your vehicle unless you are directed to do so by a police officer.
  • Call 911.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident, which is a motor vehicle violation.
  • Obtain the other driver’s information, including name, address and drivers license number, the year, make and model of the car, and the name of the insurer and policy number.
  • Take photographs of the damage to your car and the other vehicle.
  • Tell the police officer the full details of how the accident occurred, particularly spelling out what the other driver did wrong.
  • Do not get into an argument with the other driver or admit that you were at fault.
  • Obtain the name and phone number of any witnesses.
  • If you are injured, do go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital for evaluation.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company.
  • Do not speak to any representative of the other driver’s insurance company. They will try to take a recorded statement from you to use against you later.
  • When you have a chance at home, try to write down the details of the accident.
  • Contact the police department to obtain a copy of the accident report.  If there is none, then you should file an accident report to make a record, using the information that you have collected.
  • Call an attorney to review the situation and determine whether you should make a claim.

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