Every year, thousands of people are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Whether the collision involves major property damage and injury, or is a seemingly minor fender-bender, it will most likely entail making a claim for damages with an insurance company — your own, or the other driver’s.
While not all accidents are alike, there are common steps that anyone involved in a collision should take to ensure that they are appropriately compensated for their losses. First and foremost, check on the safety and well-being of your passengers and the other individuals involved. Call the paramedics if anyone appears to be injured. Many times injuries can occur even from seemingly minor accidents. It is obviously important for health reasons, but also for the ultimate success of any claim for damages, that accident victims seek prompt medical attention.
Regardless of apparent injury, call the police and ask that an office be sent to the scene. This is important even if the injury appears to be minor. Having a police report created at the time of the accident is extremely important in ascertaining which driver is legally at fault. Learn more about how a police report can make your case.
In addition, obtain the name, address, driver’s license number, vehicle licenses, and insurance information from all other drivers involved. The names and contact information of any witnesses should also be gathered.
If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, the location of traffic signals, and any obvious skid marks, debris, or other evidence. You may also want to take notes on the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident.
Finally, avoid making any statements to the other drivers that could later be used against you.If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident and you need a car accident attorney, give us a call at 816-400-4878.