If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is ensure that you and anyone else in your vehicle is alright. You should also make sure to get to a safe location to avoid a second accident from happening. Once you are in a safe place, you should then call the police and EMS if needed. You should also try to gather and document as much information as possible. This includes taking photos of the property damage and license plates of the vehicles involved, as well as photos of the accident scene. You should also try and obtain the name, contact and insurance information of all the other drivers involved in the accident. You will want to obtain the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident and check the surrounding area for any other potential evidence such as surveillance cameras on nearby businesses.
Ensure a police report is filed and receive medical attention right away. You will want to establish a claim with your insurance carrier and possibly one with the other driver’s carrier. Before speaking with the other driver’s insurance carrier, we advise that you contact an attorney as your conversation will likely be recorded and you do not want to say anything that might be detrimental to your potential claim.
Our office offers free consultations and invites you to contact us to discuss your accident and how to properly move forward with your claims and potential lawsuit.