What To Do After an Auto Accident
First and foremost, if you or anyone else has sustained a personal injury in an auto collision, call 911 to get law enforcement and medical help! Health and safety are of primary importance.
If you or someone with you is capable, try to do the following:
- Write down all the details of the other vehicles involved in the accident (for example, make, model, color, year, license tag number).
- Get the other driver's name, contact information (telephone and e-mail), license number, and insurance information, as well as the name and contact information of all passengers.
- Write down anything the other driver and passengers say (for example, I'm so sorry; I didn't see you; I was in a hurry, etc.).
- Get the names and contact information (telephone and emails) of all witnesses to the vehicle accident.
- Take photos and video of the accident scene and all vehicles involved (remember, you likely have a cell phone with these capabilities).
- Make a list of all your personal injuries. Many times, an injury will not show up until days or weeks later; be sure to write them down as they occur.
- Keep a list of all your doctor and hospital visits and all other medical expenses. Write down the dates, the name of the doctor and the nature of the visit.
- If you receive a call from anyone associated with the other automobile or insurance company, it is best for you not to provide them any statements without first consulting a personal injury lawyer who focuses on auto accident litigation. Remember, auto accident lawyers should not be charging you for a consultation. Take advantage of this, even if you choose not to hire an injury lawyer.