Taking the appropriate steps after a car accident can help ensure a smooth and quick settlement if there are injuries involved in the incident. Often times, the amount of information needed can become overwhelming. The steps outlined below will help ensure you have the appropriate information to pursue monies from your accident.
1. Immediately Report the Accident
Report the accident to the police and make certain a police report is filed. Make a copy of the police report for your records. Though the other vehicle involved may report the accident, don’t assume they will. Tell the police exactly what happened to ensure all details are on record; however, do not admit liability (fault) for the accident. It is also important to report the accident to your car insurance carrier.
2. Gather Information at the Scene
Take the names and car insurance from any of the drivers involved in the accident. If the other drivers do not have car insurance, ask for their contact information. If there are any witnesses to the accident, obtain their contact information as well. A bystander or vehicle passenger can serve as a witness. Take pictures of the accident scene if you are able to. This can help greatly with evidence collection in your settlement. Try to captures as much as you can of the collision and the surrounding area: traffic signs, landmarks, debris, vehicle damage, skid marks, license plates and injuries. It may also be helpful to record the time, weather and traffic conditions present at the time of the accident.
3. Document Your Injuries by Seeing a Doctor Immediately
If you have pain in the coming days, it may not be possible to prove the pain or injury was a direct cause of the collision. This is why it is important to see a doctor immediately following the accident.
4. Keep a Record of All Damages & Injuries
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You will most likely need to provide documentation of accident reports, testimonies and medical records related to the accident; therefore all documents should be kept organized and safe. Important materials also include keeping receipts of all other expenditures such as transportation, parking costs, car repair costs, or any additional costs absorbed due to the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact The Kryder Law Group for your free consultation.