Being involved in a car accident would shake anyone up. The accident itself and the following days can be confusing and unnerving. In almost a blink of an eye, your life can change in so many ways, and not usually for the better. Can you put a price on the well-being of yourself or others that are injured in a car accident? There are many questions to answer, documents to fill out and things to be concerned about. Some of those questions and concerns include:
After an accident there are certain things you should handle. The best course of action is to be proactive and start handling these things quickly and efficiently, engaging people with the right experience to help you as needed. Having an experienced lawyer on your side following a car wreck ensures things are much easier, less stressful and thoroughly handled.
- What happens to my car after an auto accident?
- Will my insurance pay for the damages?
- Will my insurance rates increase because of the accident?
- Will I or anyone else involved in the collision face criminal charges?
- Is it possible to be sued because of the accident?
- What should be done first after the accident?
- Do I need to follow certain steps or protocols?
- Who should I call to advise of the accident?
--- Document the Scene of Your Accident ---
When an accident occurs, it can be difficult to remember what to do at the scene. But the most important thing to do while still at the accident site is to document the scene as effectively as possible. If your smartphone or other device is still working after the accident, use it to establish records that will prove helpful in the near future. Do the following:
Police are usually quite thorough in their reporting of accidents. But this information may be needed before the police report is available to you. You also need to ensure the scene is well documented in case you have a different perspective regarding the occurrences leading to the accident or at the site. Further, sometimes witnesses leave the scene before police even arrive.
- Take photos of the involved vehicles
- Note or photograph vehicle positions in the wreck
- Get pictures of any skid marks on the ground
- Note any property damage
- Note damage to involved vehicles
- Document the weather at the time of the accident
- Take notes of other conditions that may have contributed to the accident
- Document signage, traffic lights and crosswalks if these are part of the accident cause or scene
- Get names and contact information, including phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses, for accident witnesses
If you have suffered serious injuries in the accident, you may not be able to document the scene. If you are injured and may be hurt more by moving about, do not risk additional injury or pain. Call 911 for help and do as the paramedics instruct when they arrive. If you are expecting to be transported by ambulance or made to remain still by paramedics, try to call someone you trust to come to the scene and fulfill the documentation duties for you.
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