Experience has shown us that often our clients are involved in a car accident and later on realize that had they things differently at the scene, things would’ve turned out differently.
Here are some practical, simple suggestions:
- Make sure it is absolutely safe before you exit your vehicle. People don’t realize, especially on highways, that traffic is moving very fast and it can be extremely dangerous. If in doubt, do not exit your vehicle. Call the police and wait form them to arrive.
- Call the police. Too many times people don’t want to wait for the police to come and just exchange information with the other driver and assume that everything will work out later. It doesn’t always. Plenty of times, the other driver will deny being involved in the accident or will give a totally different version of the story, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. This is much less likely to happen when the police come to the scene and speak to both drivers and get statements.
- Get the names and addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. Don’t assume that people who saw the accident are going to wait around for the police to show up. They don’t. Also, very often the police don’t get all the names of people that are potentially witnesses.
- Take photos. These days most people have cell phones with cameras. Take pictures of the scene, take pictures of the positions of the vehicles and take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle. The more evidence that can be gathered in the early parts of the case, the easier things get later on.
- Go to the hospital. Too many times we have cleints that are involved in accidents, that were hurt but don’t want to go to the hospital. Let’s face it, nobody wants to go to an emergency room, especially in an area they are unfamiliar with and wait there for hours. Play it safe. If you have any question, get yourself checked out. Also, make sure that you express what is bothering you to the ambulance and the emergency room personnel. Very often, we have cases where people neglected to mention all the parts of the body that were injured. Sometimes, the part that turned out to be most serious wasn’t documented. Some people are just shy or don’t like to be seen as whiners and so forth. It is important both medically, and later on if you do bring a case, that your injuries or documented.
If you’ve been in an accident and have any questions, feel free to contact us.