Car Accident Lawyer
The odds say you will be in at least one car accident at some point. In fact, statistics show that the majority of drivers will be involved in at least three crashes during their driving lifetime.
The most common types of crashes include head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side-impact crashes, weather-related accidents, and damage to parked vehicles.
Many victims of accidents, particularly first-time crash victims, are unsure of what steps to take after an accident. The following is a general overview to address some of the most common questions. For more detailed information, contact a car accident lawyer.
Do I need to stop after the crash?
Yes, absolutely. state law requires that all drivers stop when they are involved in any type of vehicle accident, whether it involves another vehicle, pedestrian, or cycling. If there are no victims that require emergency medical help, then any drivers involved in the crash are required to exchange the following information:
- Contact information, including name, phone number, and address
- Driver’s license number
- Vehicle registration
- Vehicle identification number
- Name and contact information of insurance carrier
- Insurance policy number and proof of current insurance.
You should also contact the police. This is required by law if anyone has been injured, killed or if there is damage to the vehicle. The police will issue an accident report which your car accident lawyer can use as evidence in your injury case.
What steps should be taken if anyone has been injured in the crash?
If an accident results in the injury of anyone involved, state law requires that the other party provide assistance, such as calling an ambulance and first aid until emergency responders arrive if properly trained.
It is best to not move the injured victim until the ambulance arrives, however, if there is immediate danger, such as a car fire, then the victim should be moved quickly.
What should be done about the accident scene?
Anyone who is not injured should secure the accident scene to avoid any further incidents. Flairs should be used if they are available. Turning on the hazard lights on the vehicles should also be done, as well as lifting the hood of the vehicles.
What help should I seek?
Even if you think you haven’t been injured, you should still get checked out by a doctor. Many car accident injuries have delayed symptoms and it can take hours or days before the victim realizes they are hurt. It is important to follow all treatment instructions that you are given. Failure to follow doctors’ orders could result in the insurance company denying your claim.
Your next step should be to contact a car accident lawyer to find out what legal recourse you have for pursuing damages against the at-fault driver for the losses your injuries cause. This includes compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, and more.