Vehicle accidents can be extremely stressful and scary. It may take a while for your nerves to settle afterward, but it helps to take action because there are certain steps to follow. You should first check everyone involved for injuries, and you may have some of your own. You should then phone 911, and after that, the police. It would be a good idea to make your next call to an experienced personal injury attorney whose practice emphasizes compassionate, personal attention for accident victims.
There are roughly 10 million motor vehicle collisions each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and if you are involved in one, you need legal representation to ensure the protection of your rights. You can help your attorney go to work on your behalf by providing details about the accident.
The police report and more
The police will file a report about the vehicle accident and you should ask for a copy. In addition, you should make your own notes. Write down the date and time of the accident. Note the location, including any nearby cross streets or landmarks, and describe the damage to the cars involved. You and the other driver must exchange insurance details, but also be sure to take his or her name and contact information, plus similar information from any witnesses. If you have nothing to write with, you could make a recording on your cell phone and use its photography capabilities to take pictures of vehicle damage.
What not to do after the accident
Do not admit responsibility or enter into an involved insurance discussion with the other driver. When an attorney takes up your case, he or she will advise you about the next steps to take. Your lawyer will also visit the scene to investigate and add those findings to the details you provide. Smaller law firms focus on the personalized help they can provide. Your job is to concentrate on recovering from your injuries; your attorney will deal with insurance companies and any legal issues on your behalf and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.