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5 Things To Do After A Car Accident

5 Things To Do After A Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be a very stressful and emotional event. It’s important, however, that you remain calm and follow these steps to make the process after a car accident as painless as possible.

1. Make Sure Everyone Is Safe

Check for injuries both on yourself and those around you. If someone is injured call 911 immediately and request medical assistance.

2. Call The Police

Regardless of whether someone is injured or not, it is important to call the police any time there is an accident. Insurance companies will often require a police accident report. If anyone involved appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, make sure to mention that to the police when you call. Some drivers may offer to settle without talking to the police or contacting insurance companies. Don’t do that. Protect yourself by calling the police.

3. Exchange Information

Be sure to get the full names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone involved. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and any witnesses. Take pictures of the other driver’s license and insurance card. Make sure you also write down the name of the police officer who arrives at the scene and the police report number.

4. Take Pictures

Use your phone to take as many pictures as you can of the accident site, the vehicles, and the people involved. Pictures that are taken as soon as possible will be the most valuable. Take pictures of any damage to the vehicles and the license plates. Pictures of other evidence such as street signs, lights, or skid marks can also be very helpful.

5. Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer

After a car accident, the insurance company may seem anxious to settle with you as soon as possible. It’s important to understand that these initial offers are rarely adequate and that the insurance company is probably trying to get you to settle before you have a chance to talk to an attorney and find out what your case is really worth. Remember, you only get one chance to settle, as once you accept a settlement offer, it’s nearly impossible to recover additional compensation. For this reason, you should always talk to an attorney before you settle a car accident claim.

If you have been injured in a motor-vehicle accident contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Bragoli & Associates P.C. to discover the answers to any questions you might have pertaining to your potential case.

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