If you have been in a car accident there are some important things you can do to protect your interests and protect your case. Read these tips from The Stephens Law Firm Accident Lawyers.
1. Seek immediate medical help
First, make sure that you and your passengers are safe and uninjured. If you see it is safe to do so, you can also attempt to help the driver of the other car. Call 911 even if the injuries do not seem so grave, it is best to have a professional medical opinion.
2. Gather information
If you have determined that you are not seriously injured and you feel it safe to do so you can exit the vehicle and begin collecting evidence on what happened. Be careful because many people get struck by a car while doing this and it is potentially dangerous. Take a moment to analyze everything you see.
3. Exchange Information
It will be important to gather contact and insurance information from the other drivers, but don’t try to discuss the accident or who is to blame. Be sure to ask for the names, phone numbers, insurance company, and address of those involved.
4. Talk to witnesses
There will typically be someone who has seen the accident and can provide testimony for the events that took place. Be sure to check with all the by-standers to see who got a good view as their testimony may prove invaluable to the case.
5. Take Photos
Be sure to take as many photos as you can. Make sure you take some wide-angle shots of both vehicles in relation to each other, damage, and injuries sustained as well as the skid marks and road debris caused by the accident.