There are important steps to take at the scene of a car accident and soon afterward. Following these basic first steps will make filing your claim easier. The car accident lawyers at Dervishi Law Group P.C., outline the steps to take after a car accident:
Stay at the accident scene
Do not leave the accident scene. Leaving the scene, particularly when someone has sustained injuries or has been killed, will result in serious consequences. Stay at the scene until the police tell you that you can leave.
Call the police
Even in a minor accident, it is advisable to involve the police. Ask the police to file a report and obtain the names and badge numbers of the responding officers.
Get the name, contact number, address, driver’s license number, and other basic information from the other driver involved. If there are any passengers, get their names, contact numbers and addresses.
Talk to witnesses
Talk to people who witnessed the accident. Make sure to get their names, contact numbers and addresses. Their testimony can play an important role in the claims process. If they are willing, you can get a video or audio clip of what they saw.
Inform your insurance company
Inform your insurance company. Tell them exactly what happened and about the extent of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. Explain the facts clearly.
Keep track of your medical treatment
Keep a detailed account of the treatment or medications you receive from a doctor, physical therapist or other medical professionals. Keep copies of all medical reports and bills as these can serve as evidence of your medical expenses.
Take photographs of the damage to your car. Photographs can help your insurance adjuster determine compensation for the damage to your car.
Use caution in discussing the incident
Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than your lawyer, your insurance company and the police. Avoid talking to a representative of another insurance company.
Be cautious about early settlement offers
If you are offered a settlement from an insurance company, do not accept it. Consult with an attorney before accepting any offer..
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If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. to help you. We specialize in personal injury cases. You can depend on our knowledge and expertise when it comes to representing a client with a personal injury matter. We will fight for you! Call us at (917) 496-8342 or (718) 484-4757 or email us at email@example.com.