Do's and Dont's When You Are In An Accident
When you are in an auto, motorcycle or trucking accident it is very important to remain calm, composed and alert. The following list of Do’s and Don’ts will help you make sound decisions when you are in an accident. And remember, if you are injured you can always rely on the proven trial attorneys at Fisher Injury Lawyers.
DO’s: What To Do When An Automobile Accident Happens:
1. After impact, new laws may require that you move your vehicle, but only do so if you are without pain or injury. If you are in pain, stunned or dazed, don't attempt to move, remain in place until help arrives. Moving your vehicle is only required on busy thoroughfares at peak traffic hours, and only if you can do so without further injury or aggravation of symptoms.
2. Take Photos, then Move. If you are without pain or apparent injury, exit your vehicle and utilizing a disposable camera that you should carry in your car at all times, document the accident quickly and completely.
3. Take pictures of your vehicle, the other vehicle/vehicles, any and all damage, the other vehicle(s) license plate, the driver of the other vehicle(s), the area, the road conditions and the sky.
4. Have the photos processed and two copies of all photos made, one for you and one for your attorney. Do not give copies to anyone, unless approved by your attorney.
5. Call the police immediately.
6. If in pain, report your condition to the officer and request an ambulance.
7. When the medics arrive, give them a full, accurate report of symptoms.
8. Never attempt to drive if dazed or injured.
9. Call a family member or friend to the scene, to lend assistance and as a witness.
10. Attempt to get names, phone numbers and addresses of any eyewitnesses.
11. If symptoms last several hours, go to your family doctor or emergency room.
12. Don't discuss your case with any unnecessary parties.
13. Report the accident to your insurance company. -Get a copy of the accident report for them, and check it for accuracy.
14. If your injuries/symptoms persist for more than a few days, contact Fisher Injury Lawyers.
15. Get two (2) property damage estimates if you have no collision coverage, and give these to your attorney or to the other driver's insurance company if you have no attorney.
16. Try to get the other driver's insurer to pay for your medical bills, without signing releases.
17. Never sign any releases until you are fully prepared to settle your case.
18. Keep a written daily diary of the aftermath of the accident.
19. You should never consider settling your case until all your symptoms have disappeared and you are back to normal.
20. Obtain the following documentation for yourself and/or your attorney:
DON'Ts: What Not To Do When An Automobile Accident Happens:
1. Don't be talked into not calling the police.
2. Don't give recorded statements to insurance adjusters.
3. Don't sign releases or checks with release language printed on them.
4. Don't settle your case unless your symptoms are completely gone.
5. Don't settle your case unless you have spoken to an attorney and have had your rights explained to you and your questions answered.
6. Don't discuss any aspects of your case with unnecessary persons.
7. Don't do anything just because they say you "have to".
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