I’m Commonly Asked What to do After a Car Accident?
The first thing I tell my clients about what to do after a car accident is to call 911 immediately. Insisting on police involvement at the scene is going to be one of your best tools concerning a personal injury case. That’s going to be your best piece of evidence. If you can get a police report showing that the accident was not your fault, that’s going to be the best thing you can get.
Take pictures, if you have an iPhone or camera phone, just take pictures right there. There will be pictures taken along the way. But take your own that show the damage. That’s going to affect your personal injury case.
Obtain the insurance information of the person who caused the accident. That’s going to be on the police report. However, it’s always helpful to obtain that information while you’re at the scene of the car accident.
People often ask me if they should move the vehicles. I like to have the vehicles stay where they are. That shows the police officer who is at fault. If you’ve been hit from behind, you want the police officer to know that. We’ve had cases before where someone moved the vehicles, and people change their stories after moving the vehicles. Finally, if its a situation where there’s traffic coming by, and it’s a danger, obviously you’d move the vehicles. Otherwise, keep them in place until the police can draw a diagram on the police report.
So, What to Do After the Accident:
Never admit fault. There’s going to be a liability issue with every case. That is to say, the less you say, the better. Never admit fault in an accident. Get the legal representation you need to protect your rights. This can be a tough situation to navigate without making it worse. Finally, having the help of an experienced car accident attorney is one of the smartest moves you can make next.