Millions of Americans venture out in their car every day without expecting to be involved in an auto accident. Sadly, many of them will be involved in some type of accident during their lifetime. Knowing what steps you should take can make a world of difference, especially if you or your passengers suffered an injury.
The following information is intended to assist auto accident victims to protect and preserve their legal rights in the critical hours and days after an accident.
1. Call and wait for the police
2. Identify the other driver and get his or her address, telephone number and insurance information.
3. Identify any witnesses to the accident and gather their contact information.
4. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, even if the vehicles have been moved. Pay particular attention to skid marks and damage to all vehicles involved.
5. If possible after the auto accident, you should photograph any visible injuries (i.e. cuts, bruises, broken bones, etc.). Before repairing your car, photograph the damage from all angles
6. Never admit to the police or anyone else on the scene that the accident was your fault. Anything you say can and will be used against you to defeat your claim for compensation.
7. You may not be aware of the extent of your injuries immediately after the accident. It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
8. As soon as possible, notify your insurance company about the accident. Even though you are required to cooperate with your insurance company, do not give them a statement (written or taped) without first contacting your attorney.
9. If you are contacted by any other parties involved or their insurance companies, DO NOT give out any information. Such information could later be used against you. Simply refer them to your attorney.
10. Consult with your attorney to determine who is responsible for payment of your medical bills. Your attorney can almost always find physicians and other medical providers that will agree to wait until the case is concluded to be paid. Never decide not to pursue quality medical care, or fail to seek recovery for your damages simply because you do not have insurance or your own ready resources to pursue medical treatment. In addition, your medical bills could be processed through the other driver’s insurance company, your auto insurance policy or through your group health insurance.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident and wish to pursue a claim, contact one of our experienced injury attorneys. Wright and James, P.C. are highly experienced in dealing with auto accidents and are currently helping clients in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Contact us now at (404) 624-7447 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.