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Things You Should Do After a Car Accident

»Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Accident Lawyer | 0 comments

Millions of vehicular accidents happen in the United States each year. Thankfully, the most damages incurred are in properties, mainly the vehicles involved. But there is still a relatively big number of damages or injuries involving drivers and passengers.

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Nobody wants to be in an accident. But nobody knows when it will happen to you as well. There are several things you can do to safeguard yourself and your interests if ever you get involved in one.

1. Stop

Even if the accident is just a minor one, never drive away from it. Stop and stay in the scene.

2. Prevent further accidents

Protect the scene and prevent further accidents from taking place by keeping your flashes on or setting up flares. If it is dark where you are and for some reasons, your lights won’t work, use a flashlight or your phone for a flashlight to make your presence known.

3. Contact the police

Injury or no injury, it’s always wise to call the police. You might need a police report to make your claim to the insurance company stronger, even if you didn’t incur any injuries and the vehicle is the only thing that’s damaged.

4. Take pictures

Some drivers nowadays put a dashboard camera in their car. This is a great way to document your drive and is extremely helpful when you get into an unexpected accident. If you are in an accident, take pictures of your vehicle, other vehicles involved, damages, and your injuries if you have some. But if the police are conducting an ongoing investigation, you are in no way, supposed to interfere with them even by just taking some snaps. If possible, do it as soon as the accident happened.

5. Give a detailed description

If and when the police arrive in the scene, give them a detailed description of the accident. Go from the biggest details to the smallest ones. Only tell facts. Never suppose, hypothesize, or change the facts. If you don’t know them, tell the investigating officers that you don’t. If they ask you if you have any injuries and you don’t know if you have, tell them that you don’t know, rather than answering, No. Most of the time, the pain only occurs a few hours after an accident happens. Another thing that you have to ensure is the statement the other person involved in the accident is factual.

6. Collect information

If the police haven’t arrived yet or if there are no available police in the vicinity for some reason, then be the responsible one to collect information about the accident. Data like name, contact number, and address of everyone involved in the accident. If there are witnesses around, ask them for a statement as well so your attorney can contact them if they need to. If the police arrive though, they will give you a number. Use that number to later acquire the police report. If you can’t, you may let your personal injury lawyer get it.

A personal injury attorney can help you a lot for your damage and injury compensation. Contact a Pearland accident lawyer if you need one.

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