What to Do After an Auto Accident?
By Steven R. Guy
What you do after a car accident can save lives, reduce injuries, help ensure quick settlement of your car insurance claim, and keep you out of trouble with the law; however, when you are stressed, it can be hard to remember what to do after a car accident.
- 1. Immediately After the Accident
o Call 911.
o Assist the injured.
o Don’t move your car unless instructed by someone in authority.
o Turn on your hazard lights.
- 2. At the Scene: Gathering Information
o Cooperate with the police.
o Exchange insurance and ID information.
o Be courteous and polite, but do not admit fault.
o Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses.
o Get photographs of the vehicles and other objects involved (Be sure to include the skid marks and
full views of the scene as well as the vehicles involved.). Photograph any street signs or other
landmarks to identify the accident location and any contributing factors to the accident, such as
obscured traffic signs.
o Get medical attention for any injuries you may have.
- 3. After the Accident: Next Steps
o Get a copy of any accident reports or incidents reports filed by the police and other drivers to
assist in settling your claim.
o Write down everything the others involved in the accident say about it and everything you can
remember as soon as you can. Include the names of any investigators, including police officers or
insurance claims adjustors. If you speak to an insurance company representative, note the date,
the name of the person, and a brief description of the conversation.
o Keep receipts of all expenditures, including transportation, parking costs, and repair costs.
o Do not sign anything or discuss your case with anyone before consulting with an attorney who is
experienced in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Author of this guide:
Steven R Guy
215 East Commerce Street
Jacksonville, Tx 75766