What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident
Car accidents—they always happens when we least expect it. You may be following all the rules of the road, but sometimes others are not. While a car accident may be a very overwhelming experience, it’s important to always be prepared, just in case.
Before an accident even occurs, remember to keep your insurance card handy as well as a piece of paper and pen. Make sure your phone is nearby (but that you are never on it while driving) for taking pictures.
After an accident occurs, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic if possible. Put on your hazards, park or emergency-park, and turn off your engine. Exit your vehicle when it is safe to do so, and check to see if the other parties involved are unhurt. If anyone is hurt or even feels faint, call 911; if no one is hurt and the wreck is minor, there is no need to call the police. If there is damage, call the police department and have an officer dispatched.
It may be tempting to chat with the other parties while waiting on police, but you should remain separated and never admit fault. If the police are coming, they will write a police report that you may obtain later; this will detail who is responsible (if applicable). If the police are not coming, call your insurance provider (available on your insurance card) and file the insurance claim as soon as possible.
Information & Evidence Gathering
It is important that certain information is gathered for your insurance company. This information may also be used if you should seek legal representation regarding damages.
Where you cannot take photos with your mobile phone, write down and note as much as possible. Make sure you gather the following pieces of information and evidence:
- Driver’s name(s)
- License plate number(s)
- Makes and models of vehicles involved
- Insurance information of other party(s)
- Eyewitnesses’ contact information
- Location and/or cross streets
- Where impact occurred (photos are best)
- Police report number
- Police officer’s name and badge number
If you believe you were injured, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident. This will document and record information provided by medical professionals as it pertains to your wreck. Delaying this process may result in inadequate evidence. Make sure you obtain these medical files and make copies of your release papers.
Contact an Auto Accident Attorney at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP
If you were injured in a car accident, contacting a personal injury lawyer is essential to receiving any damages that you may have an incurred as a result of the accident. Damages include medical bills, property loss, and any treatment or rehabilitation costs after an injury.
Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP specializes in personal injury law in Atlanta, GA. Contact our law firm online or call our helpful legal team at (404) 845-0012.