Top 5 Things to Do At the Scene of a Car Accident

Auto Accident / October 19, 2017

What you do (and say) after a car accident can have a significant impact on the case that follows. There are several things you should do to ensure the likelihood that your claim will be successful. Here are 5 tips for the scene of the accident and who to call after a motor vehicle collision has wreaked havoc on your life.

1. Don’t Admit Fault

It may seem like instinct to rush to the other vehicle saying, “I’m sorry! I’m so sorry!” However, this can be construed as an admission of guilt. Don’t provide information about what you were doing before the accident or guess at whether it was your fault or not. Stick to the facts and say as little as possible.

2. Get Photographs If You Can

Photographs do more for a car accident claim than statements, and you only have one opportunity to get pictures. If you’re able to snap a couple photos with your phone or camera before your vehicle is moved or towed, do so. It will help your case later on.

3. Secure Witness Information

Witness information is very valuable in a car accident case. If there were any people standing by when the accident occurred or anyone who might be able to tell what happened, get their name and number and provide it to the police. The police should contact them for a statement soon after the accident.

4. Get the Other Driver’s Insurance and Personal Information

Always get the other driver’s insurance information, as well as their personal information. You’ll need to provide yours too. Don’t attempt to contact the other driver personally — instead, provide this information to your insurance company and your attorney.

5. File a Police Report

Many people will not want to get the police involved after a wreck, especially if no one was injured. However, property damage is still an issue and should be handled properly. Always call the police after an automobile accident, even if the other party attempts to persuade you not to.

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