Approximately six million car wrecks occur every year in the United States. More than three million people are injured in these auto accidents. If you are in an auto collision, take the following steps to ensure your well-being and protect your rights:
- Turn on your vehicle’s four-way flashers and set up flares to alert other drivers. Do not move your vehicle unless your car is causing a dangerous situation. If you aren’t injured and can safely move it off the roadway, go ahead.
- Call the police, even if there seemingly aren’t any serious injuries. A police report may be necessary to file a claim with your insurance company.
- Tell the investigating office what happened. Do not speculate, guess, or assume. Tell the officer only what you actually know happened.
- Take cell-phone photos and videos of car damage, the accident scene, or injuries, or all three.
- Exchange names, addresses, telephone numbers, and insurance information with the other driver(s) and passengers. If police respond to the scene, they will collect this information for you. Obtain basic information from witnesses (if any) to support a potential insurance claim.
- Tell your insurance company about the accident as quickly as possible.
- Seek immediate medical attention, even if that means going to the emergency room. Be sure to tell your doctor everything about the auto collision. In many cases, injuries might not appear up for days or even weeks. Even minor impacts can cause serious and sometimes permanent injuries.
- Possibly the most important thing you can do following an accident is contact a car accident attorney. An attorney will protect your rights, prevent valuable evidence from being destroyed, and help you receive fair compensation for damages and injuries.
You Need an Attorney
When you have injuries resulting from a car wreck, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.