What should I do immediately after a car accident?
A car accident is a stressful time for everyone involved, but the time afterward is crucial. If at all possible, try to follow these simple easy steps to keep your car accident from becoming a disaster.
Accurately and patiently let the officer know how the accident occurred. It is best to do this in as calm a manner as possible. Officers are people too and can sometimes make mistakes when flustered. If you are calm, the officer will remain calm too, and there is a better chance of him accurately documenting the facts.
Document your injuries, starting now! If you are injured in a car accident, it is important to let someone know immediately. Let the officer know, let your significant other know, and let your doctor know as soon as possible. If you feel like you need an ambulance, do not hesitate to accept the officer’s request to call emergency medical services.
Make sure you get the insurance information from the other driver, or that the Officer has done so accurately.
Take pictures. In the age of cell phones, it is easier than ever to take pictures of both the accident scene and your injuries. Take as many pictures as you can!
Inform YOUR insurance company of the accident. If THE OTHER insurance company contacts you, do not sign anything or make a statement without talking to an attorney. The insurance company’s defense begins the moment they hear about the accident, and they are counting on you to be their best asset. Don’t let them trick you.
Contact Joe Cronk at the Law Offices of Harold J. Cronk. We will tip the scales of justice in your favor!
Stay safe out there!