Today, we’re releasing our first video in a new series called the “Insider Advice Series. The internet is a great place for information, but often times the information is either overwhelming or inaccurate. After dealing with thousands of questions from individuals in the middle of a crisis, we decided to refine common questions into easy to understand nuggets.
The subjects of personal injury liability are complex, but simple first steps taken by our clients, often lead to a successful outcome with larger settlements.
People often ask what what should I do at the scene of an accident
My first advice is to call 911 without hesitation. Getting police involvement on the scene is going to be the best thing that you can do for your case. They are going to record a police report that’s going to show how the accident occurred and who was the at fault party. You should not hesitate call 911. Also take pictures, since now is the the best chance do take pictures if your vehicle’s been damaged. Also take as many pictures as you can, since those will come in helpfully for you later.
Obtain the Insurance Information from the opposing party. That information is going to be on the police report but we always advise you to obtain their contact information and insurance information.
People often ask me if they should move the vehicle. Our advice is to have the vehicle stay where they are. That shows the police officer who was at fault, and if you’ve been hit from behind you want the police officer to know that. We’ve had cases before where there have been vehicles moved and people change their stories.
Never admit fault. There’s going be a liability issue with every single case and the less you say better and just never admit fault in an accident.
Contact your own insurance adjuster and I’m let them know that you have been an accident. You may have collision insurance and they can go ahead and start the process of preparing your vehicle at that time. I do recommend that if the opposing insurance adjuster calls you, to never give a recorded statement. The most important thing is to call our office. The sooner that our law firm is engaged in a case the better we can do for you.
Many times we get calls from clients at the scene of the accident. It can never be too early. We would like to be involved at every stage of the case so that we can control and manage the case to the eventual goal of maximizing your recovery for the damages that you sustained. Please give us some feedback if you find this series valuable.