WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT?

  1. Stop at the scene and exchange information with the other driver. Never leave the scene and don’t agree to let the other driver leave the scene.

  2. Protect the accident scene, leave cars where they came to rest, note the location of vehicles before moving them, draw a diagram if possible.

  3. Call the police and make a police report, insist that the police come to the scene.

  4. Get medical attention,  cooperate with emergency medical personnel, and go to the hospital if advised to do so by medical personnel.

  5. Do not comment or make statements to the other driver or witnesses about the cause of the accident, but do provide your account of the accident to law enforcement.

  6. Write down as much detail about the accident as possible, make a diagram, and obtain the names of any witnesses

  7. Take photographs, you should carry an inexpensive or disposable  camera in your car at all times, or use your cell phone camera.

  8. Observe whether the other driver appears to be impaired or DUI and ask the police to conduct a sobriety test on the other driver if you believe they are impaired.

  9. See a doctor as soon after the accident as possible to evaluate and diagnose your injuries

  10. Call your own insurance company soon after the accident and report the claim. If you don t report your claim your insurance company may have a basis to deny coverage.

  11. Consult with a lawyer about your rights, and; do not give a recorded statement to the at fault drivers insurance company until you have met with a lawyer.

  12. Check your auto insurance policy and be sure that you have adequate coverage including uninsured motorist coverage. You may need to beef up your coverages.

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