Automobile accidents are an inevitable fact of modern life. But that doesn’t mean everyone knows what to do if they are involved in one. The steps you take immediately following an automobile accident can determine whether your personal injury claim is successful.
The following list is intended to help you in case you are ever in an accident:
- Don’t flee. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident before the paramedics and police have arrived.
- Allow yourself to be treated. Let the doctor or paramedic have a look at you even if you think you have not been injured. Sometimes victims don’t always realize the extent of their injuries immediately after an accident.
- Give your side of the story. If you are capable of talking with the police, give a statement. You need your side of the story to be recorded.
- Collect information. Jot down the names of the passengers in your car and the names and insurance information of any other drivers involved. If there are any witnesses, get their names and information as well.