What To Do After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be costly, scary and confusing. After a car accident,
many people realize they are unprepared and do not know what to do. Let
our Las Vegas auto accident lawyers help you get prepared today.
Oronoz Ericsson & Gaffney LLC has created a helpful guide for driver’s to follow in case they
are involved in a car accident.
1. Pull Over
Even if the accident you were involved in is a minor fender bender, find
a safe spot to pull over. Leaving the scene of the crash could result
in legal troubles. If you flee the scene of the accident, you could be
charged with a hit and run. If you were in an accident and there is a
shoulder, pull over into the shoulder of the road so you and the other
driver involved can exchange information. If not, find a safe place to
park or stop.
2. Are You Hurt?
Once you are able, perform a self-assessment, examine yourself to see if
you sustained any injuries during the crash. If you are able, exit the
vehicle and check on the other driver. If they are gravely injured, do
not attempt to move them. An untrained person could further injure someone
by trying to remove them from the car. Call for an ambulance right away.
3. Call the Police
Contrary to popular belief, calling the police on the scene is a necessary
step to take after a collision. Calling the police ensures the accident
will be reported to the DMV. If the crash resulted in more than $1,500
worth of damage, serious injury or death, the law requires the accident
to appear on the driving record of both parties. The police also provide
a third-party account of the crash that your insurance provider can use
as evidence. When they arrive on the scene they investigate the area and
make notes on any observations the make. Police can also secure the site
if the damage was so extensive you were unable to pull to the side of the road.
4. Gather Information
Collecting accurate and applicable information regarding your accident
is a critical step of this process. If you were involved in a multi-car
accident, make sure to gather information from each car involved. You
will need the following pieces information:
- Insurance Carrier and Policy Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Phone Number
- License Plate Numbers
- Photos of Any Damage
- Contact Info of Witnesses
- Badge Number and Police Officer’s Name
5. Don’t Say I’m Sorry
To many people, this sounds like a strange request but in some cases saying
I’m sorry could be used as an admission of fault. Admitting fault
in an accident could prevent you from collecting any damages or medical
costs from you carrier.
6. Report Your Claim
After you finish reporting the accident to the police, contact your insurance
carrier and report the claim as soon as possible. If you feel your insurance
company is not offering ample compensation for your injuries and property
damages, contact our
Las Vegas auto accident lawyer.
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