What to do immediately after an accident? The moments immediately following an accident are crucial. If you’ve been involved in an accident that’s not your fault, immediately do the following:
- CALL 9-11: Everyone’s well being is first and foremost. If you are anybody else involved in the accident is seriously injured and needs immediate medical attention, call 9-11.
- GET A POLICE REPORT: The police will not always come to the scene, but it will help your case if you have a police report.
- TAKE PICTURES: Pictures are great evidence. Take pictures of ALL the vehicles involved in the accident. Take pictures of the scene of the accident (i.e. shattered glass on the road, tire marks). Take pictures of any visible injuries such as cuts, scrapes or bruises. Use your cell phone camera if you have to. Just make sure to get the pictures.
- EXCHANGE INFORMATION: Write down the information for all drivers involved in the accident, including. 1) name; 2) address; 3) telephone number; 4) driver’s license number; 5) make, model, year and license plate number of vehicles involved; 6) name, phone number and policy number for car insurance. (If the driver’s name is different from the name of the insured, establish what the relationship is and take down the name, address and telephone number for the insured as well as the driver.
- OBTAIN WITNESS INFORMATION: If there are any witnesses, write down their names, address and telephone numbers. This is useful in the event there is an issue of liability in your case.
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