With today’s traffic and commute, the likelihood that you may be involved in an automobile accident is substantial. Once an accident occurs, the legal clock begins to run and it is important to ensure all necessary evidence is collected. Therefore, if you are ever in an automobile accident here are some things to remember:
First, call the police. It is always a good idea to call the police to the scene, even for a seemingly minor accident. This will generate a police report that you can give to your insurance company. Moreover, police reports often include information identifying the at-fault party, which is especially important should you decide to pursue legal action.
Second, photograph your accident. It is important to properly document the details, as vehicles are quickly repaired and memories fade. Therefore be sure to photograph the scene, vehicles, and any property damage to the surrounding area. This evidence may be crucial to later recreate and illustrate the accident scene.
Third, get as much information as you can. Information gathering is the crux of any investigation, and it is important to get as much as you can, as soon as you can. Therefore, obtain information from all those involved and if there are witnesses, speak with them and get their information as well.
Fourth, if you believe you are injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are injured it is important to have those injuries properly documented. Poorly documented injuries can have a negative impact on any future legal action. Consider seeing a doctor, even if you were involved in a “minor” accident. Serious permanent injuries can occur in accidents involving minor impacts, so it is important to have all injuries properly examined, diagnosed, and treated.
Being involved in an accident can be stressful, so if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident call The Wotorson Firm, LLP for your free consultation.
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