Advice From a Car Accident Lawyer: What to Do After a Car Wreck
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The scene of a car wreck is complicated. There are lots of moving pieces. While things seem confusing, what you need to do is simple. Here is a clear, straightforward guide to help you at the scene of a car accident.
What to Do In a Car Accident: The Three Ws
Let’s keep this simple. There are Three Ws you need to remember at the scene of a car accident. They are “where,” “who” and “what.”
WHERE to Go After a Car Accident
First thing is first…do NOT leave the scene of an accident! Your first step is to stay exactly where you are. Never “hit and run” the site of an accident.
WHO to Call After an Auto Accident
If you can read this, you are capable of using your mobile phone. That’s great. This means the injuries you may have sustained are probably not life-threatening. You should still seek medical care to assess the state of your injury! That being said, if you have not suffered serious injury, you can take a moment to assess the state of any passengers who might also be hurt before doing the following:
Call 911 if someone in the accident has been seriously injured as soon as you can.
Do not move them UNLESS it is vital for their safety. For example, if the car you are in has caught fire or if the injured passenger has been expelled from the vehicle and is on an open roadway.
Call the police if there has been moderate to severe property damage.
Call the Green Law Firm for immediate assistance! Our hotline number is 888-800-2455. Evidence on the scene is crucial to your case; we can make sure to capture important evidence before it is tampered with or disappears.
WHAT Information to Exchange After an Accident
This is where things may start to get complex. Keep it simple. Keep calm. Refer to this guide below as we walk you through the necessary information you’ll want to collect at the scene of your accident. Remember that the evidence you collect now is vital to your case!
- From the other driver, collect:
- Insurance information
- License plate number
- Driver’s License number
Note: When you are talking to the other driver, speak calmly. Do not accept blame or discuss who is at fault for the accident. Use as few words as possible. Be cordial and professional. Do not apologize.
Try to get the names and contact information for any additional passengers in the other cars involved in the accident.
- From witnesses, collect:
- Their names
- Contact information
- License plate numbers
- From police officers on the scene, collect:
- Badge numbers
Note: Ask the police to file an accident report, and get the number for this report if possible.
- Take pictures of the following:
- All damage to your vehicle
- Damage to other vehicles involved
- Skid marks
- The full accident scene showing the car in place before it is moved
- Property damaged in the accident, like a fence or pole
- Any surrounding elements that contributed to the cause of the accident, like large trees, broken stoplights or a road block
- When you exchange insurance information, remember…
- Keep things simple.
- Do not be pressured to talk about the accident.
- Do not admit guilt or discuss fault.
- If the other party involved asks a question, you can pass them along to your attorney by saying something like, “I am going to refer you to my lawyer for that type of question. Would you like their information?”
- Before you say the above, make sure you have secured experienced legal counsel like the team at Green Law Firm!
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
You should 100 percent consider this! Car accidents are costly and complicated. Vehicle laws can be overwhelming, and they vary from state to state. In certain circumstances, you may be liable for damages that are above what your insurance will cover! Remember:
Don’t Focus on the Cost
The most important thing is for you to get the help you need! Green Law Firm will consult your case at NO RISK to you! We are only compensated based on how you are rewarded!
Evidence Is Essential
Building you a strong and rock-solid case is key to getting you the most compensation possible. Bill Green has years of hands-on experience with cases just like yours. Green Law Firm protects everyday people from insurance companies that are out to make money at the expense of others. Remember, in the eyes of the law, if you cannot prove something, it does not exist!
If you have been in a car accident, we can help! Our team of diligent professionals know how important it is for you to have good, solid evidence to support your case. Call us at 888-800-2455 at any time or day of the week to begin. We can protect you from greedy insurance companies and help you get the compensation you deserve!