What Should I Do After A Car Accident That Wasn't My Fault?
Nothing is guaranteed in life. At any second during the day you can be walking along the street, driving in a car on the road, or just pulling out of your driveway and instantly become an accident victim. What exactly should you do? There are a few steps you should be taking after an accident that was not your fault.
Stay Calm and Call for Emergency Services
Easier said than done. But, stay as calm as you can when you're an accident victim. If you are injured, you need to get immediate help. Also check on others who may be injured and call 911. Do not, under any circumstances, move someone that has been hurt.
Gather All The Information You Can
The next thing you should do is gather information.
- Take note of any injuries you have.
- Make sure to report the accident to your insurance company.
- Don't leave the scene!
- Get information on the drivers or witnesses to the accident including:
- Names, Addresses and Telephone Numbers
- Their Insurance Company Name
- Witness Statements
- Photos of the scene - even a cell phone is good enough
When You Leave The Scene
After all of the information has been gathered and you officially can leave the scene - make sure to get medical attention. This will not only keep your injuries from getting worse, but will also establish a medical record of the accident.
Contact An Attorney
Car accidents of any kind happen in the blink of an eye. Perhaps you are an accident victim and completely not at fault. Even if you are partially at fault you will need a lawyer on your side - especially if anyone else in the accident was hurt. An attorney will be able to help you contact the other driver's insurance companies, talk to the insurance adjuster, and gather more information from the scene of the accident, etc.
By hiring an attorney as an accident victim you can rest assured that the lawyer will do everything they can do to make sure that if you weren't at fault that you get a good settlement for your claim. The settlement should be able to cover all of your expenses including doctor bills, medication, prescriptions, and even rehabilitation.
A Free Consultation allows you to visit a lawyer at their office to talk the claim over and figure out the next best step for your situation.
If you've been in an accident and you would like a free consultation or you want to learn more about your legal rights contact Welmaker.