The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Wreck
No matter what type of motor vehicle accident you were in, you will inevitably have to deal with your insurance company and the insurance agents of others involved in the accident. In order to ensure your rights are fully protected and that you are taking the necessary steps towards building a strong personal injury claim, it’s important to know what to do and what not to do immediately following an accident.
- Call 911 if anyone is injured. Allow emergency medical responders to evaluate you and your passengers. Even when no injuries seem apparent, it’s important to document because symptoms can sometimes show up days or weeks after.
- Report the accident to the police
- Move as far away from the roadway but remain at the scene
- Report the accident to the police, include facts only. Ask for a copy of the police report
- Gather information from those involved in the accident including:
- names, addresses, phone numbers
- insurance information
- make, model, license plate number and VIN
- Collect contact information from witnesses
- Document the accident scene by taking pictures and/or video footage of damage done to vehicles, your injuries, skid marks, traffic signs)
- Politely request a copy of the police report from the officers at the scene
- Contact one of our Car Accident Lawyers at Pepper & Odom law firm as soon as possible!
- Do not flee the scene
- Don’t admit to any kind of liability on your part to anyone at the scene, even if you think you may be partially responsible
- Don’t say “I’m sorry” – this leads to the assumption of guilt. An alternative question may be, “Are you ok?”
- When speaking with the police, keep to the facts without expressing any opinion
- Don’t give anything in writing to any insurance adjusters, whether your own or the other party’s
- Don’t sign any document that is a release or a waiver of any kind
Don’t try to handle your claim without a Car Accident Lawyer