What to do after an accident

1 Stop your car. Remain calm and do what you can within reason to avoid blocking traffic.  Do not leave the scene until it is appropriate to do so.  If you leave the scene of an accident, especially when someone was injured or killed, you potentially face serious criminal penalties.

2 Call the police and fully cooperate with the officer.  Give only the information necessary to explain what happened. Do not admit guilt or fault.

3 Check on other individuals involved in the accident.  Get medical attention for anyone who may need it.  If a person is unconscious or complains of neck or back pain, do not move them and wait for qualified medical personnel.

4 Talk to the drivers of any other vehicles involved in the accident. Get names, phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information.  DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR ANYTHING AT THE SCENE.  Often times, things can be chaotic at the scene of an accident and not immediately apparent who is at fault.  Apologies can be interpreted as an admission of guilt and used against you.

5 Photograph the scene of the accident and vehicle damage. Take pictures of all vehicles involved.

6 Inform your insurance company of the collision.  If an insurance adjuster arrives at the scene or contacts you after the accident, do not give any statements and don’t sign anything.

7 Visit your doctor as soon as you can.  Injuries can often be masked by the excitement of the accident and do not manifest themselves until days after the accident.

8 Call Pruitt & Richardson, PC as soon as possible to protect your right to compensation for your injuries.

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