Auto Accident: What To Do Next

What do I do after I am involved in an auto accident?

Whether it is a small fender-bender or a major accident, knowing in advance what to do after an automobile accident can make the experience a little less frightening and help you avoid making costly mistakes.

THINK ABOUT SAFETY

  • Stay calm and call the Police.
  • If anyone is hurt tell the Police you need medical assistance.
  • Turn on emergency lights and DO NOT move vehicle unless you are in danger.
  • Call a friend or family member to the scene to be a witness and take photos if necessary.

COLLECT INFORMATION

  • Obtain information of driver and witnesses (Name, Address, Phone Number, and Insurance Info).
  • Take notes of: car position, weather, road conditions, location, and place.
  • Take pictures of accident and any visible injuries.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

SEEK MEDICAL HELP

  • If injured, seek medical attention A.S.A.P
  • Even if you do not feel like you were injured, be aware that sometimes injuries will not appear until hours or days after an accident.
  • Common injuries that happen in auto accidents are whiplash, concussions, broken bones, contusions and abrasions.

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS

  • As soon as practical, call the law office of Williams DeLoatche, PC. The quicker an attorney can start investigating the accident the better.
  • According to an Insurance Research Council Study, people who hire a lawyer received 3 ½ times more money in settlements that those that do not hire a lawyer.

If you have any questions concerning your automobile accident, call the attorneys at Williams DeLoatche, P.C. at 757-547-5555, for a free consultation.