If you should ever be involved in a car accident, do you know what to do? Many people become overwhelmed with shock and start to panic in these types of situations. Our firm has compiled a list of tips to follow in the event that you should ever be involved in a collision. Following these steps can help you stay in control of the situation and limit your liability.
STAY AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH
First and foremost, you should never flee the scene of an accident! Drivers have a responsibility to stop, render aid, and exchange information in the event of a collision. Leaving before it is appropriate to do so is a serious offense, chargeable as a “hit and run.” This can carry steep penalties including jail time, license suspension, and harsh fines.
Protect yourself from liability by stopping and rendering aid. If anyone is hurt, call an ambulance as soon as possible. It is important to note that you should not try to move anyone who seems to be seriously injured, as you could potentially worsen their condition. It is best to leave this to medical professionals.
CALL THE POLICE
Once medical attention has been summoned, it is important that you call the police next. The responding officer will help assess the damage, move your vehicles to a safe location if possible, and create an incident report. This report will contain the officer’s observations, as well as key facts relating to the crash and potential implications of fault. It is important that you request a copy of this report, as this can be useful later on when dealing with your insurance company. Additionally, get the names and badge numbers of any officers that assist you.
After the police arrive, it is time to exchange information with the other drivers. During this time, it is possible that the other drivers will be emotional, so it is very important that you remain calm.
Record the following information for all involved parties:
- Phone numbers
- License plates
- Driver’s license numbers
- Insurance information
Be polite and friendly, but be very careful with what you say. Saying things as innocent as “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you” can be used against you as admissions of fault, essentially incriminating you before a proper investigation can be made. For this reason, it is imperative that you do not discuss the crash with anyone but the police or an experienced attorney from our firm.
CONTACT RASOR LAW FIRM AT (248) 796-0334
Retaining powerful legal representation after a car accident is vital to maximizing your chances of securing a fair settlement for your injuries. With decades of proven personal injury experience, our firm’s high-caliber Oakland County and Royal Oak, MI car accident lawyers are ready to fight to protect your rights and negotiate with your insurance company for a fair settlement on your behalf. With our top-notch legal representation, you may be able to recover damages related to your injuries including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. To get started, contact our office online or request a case evaluation today!