What to do if you get invo ?
Driving is a statistically dangerous method of transportation. Every day, thousands of people get involved in car accidents and most do not know what to do when the situation arises. We will go over what to do if you get involved in an accident.
First and foremost, make sure everyone is safe. Material objects such as cars, trucks, etc. can be replaced. Lives cannot be replaced. Make sure you and everyone that was involved in the accident is safe and if not, call emergency services as soon as possible, especially if the victims complain of neck/back pain or are unconscious.
Next, after you have ensured that everyone is safe, you must remain at the scene of the accident. The most obvious reason for you staying at the crash site is so you do not get charged with a hit-and-run offense (especially if a serious injury and/or/ death has occurred).
Now, you must alert law enforcement to come to the scene of the accident and explain to them what happened so they can write it down in their police report and it is advised that you request the names and badge numbers of the officers involved with the filing of the police report.
After that, you must exchange all relevant information (name, phone number, address, insurance policy information, etc.) with the people involved in the accident. Do this in a respectful manner; getting in an accident is already traumatizing enough and acting in a rude manner will only add to the trauma. Also, it is advised to not admit to any guilt, whether intentional or unintentional. You must also talk to any witnesses involved to see what they saw from their point of view and write down their testimony.
It is also wise to take photos of the scene so you can have a personal record of the accident. These photos would greatly benefit you and your insurance provider with the proper evidence required to conduct their investigation and to assess the damage done to the vehicle(s) involved.
It is highly advised that you do not talk about the accident with anyone but an attorney, the police or the insurance company, since anything you say could be used against you and could be detrimental to your case.
Lastly, consider hiring an attorney. It would be best to consult an experienced attorney who possesses the knowledge required in the field of vehicular accidents. Be sure to remain calm and follow these steps if you are ever involved in an accident.