- Protect the accident area
- Take pictures as soon as possible
- Call police
- Exchange information
- Move nothing until the police arrive
- Record the incident while it is fresh in your mind
- Get medical assistance
Protect the Accident Area by Taking Pictures:
Take pictures of the accident scene. Do not move cars from their accident positions until you have everything documented, and the police have arrived. Get insurance data from the other driver if possible, and especially, get the tag number. Unfortunately, some people, when getting into an accident, will try to steer you clear of the tag number.
Once you have the driver’s information, insurance, license number, and home address, try to get statements from witnesses that might verify your position on the accident. Do not forget the names and addresses of the witnesses at an auto accident injury. This will be very valuable once you talk to your auto accident lawyer. Keep in mind the other person’s insurance company will be working to pay you as little as possible, if anything, and will find you at fault if you are not careful with details.
Call the Police:
Generally, an accident tosses people about, so, you my not be at your best while jotting down information. However, while documenting, don’t forget to call the police. The general rule is if damages are more than $50.00, which in today’s market is an easy number to reach, you call the police. Once the police arrive, give them the pertinent information. Once they arrive, they have charge of the scene. Depending upon the severity of the accident, it may be necessary for a wrecker to remove damaged vehicles from the roadway.
Even if the accident is under $50.00, still get the information on the other driver and documents. The accident may cause future problems, like neck or back discomfort. So, document any accident and get the information on the driver. Keep in mind there is a statue of limitation for filing grievances concerning accidents.