Taking Proper Action Is One of the First Steps After a Car Accident
If you were involved in a car accident, you are probably wondering what you should do next. In an attempt to be helpful, many people inadvertently do things that can hurt their case, or they say things that can be used against them later. After an accident, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
When you contact my firm, The Law Office of Alan Kansas, L.L.C., I can help you understand what things you should do, and what things to avoid after a car accident. Some of the first steps after a car accident should include: Provide assistance to anyone injured. Call the ambulance. Be a good Samaritan.
- Do not just drive away. If possible, do not even move the cars so you can protect the scene for documentation and investigation.
- Call the Police. A police officer will come to the scene, gather information about the accident, create an official record of the events and determine who is at fault. The police will often give a ticket to the driver at fault. If you drive away without calling the police and waiting for them to do their job, you miss out on one of the best ways to develop your case.
- Gather relevant information. This means writing down the following information about each driver: name, address, phone number, insurance company name, policy number, phone number, drivers license number, license plate number, make and model of car, and the name of the company for any commercial vehicles.
- Gather contact information of witnesses.
- Take pictures. Use your cell phone or a camera you keep in the car to document the scene and damage to the cars.
- Do not admit any fault or liability and give statements only to the police. There is no need to do a lot of talking. Focus on following these steps and try not to engage in any other conversation.
- Get necessary medical care as soon as possible. “Toughing it out” and waiting days or weeks before going to a doctor can hurt your chances of receiving full compensation.
- Notify your insurance agent. But consult with an attorney before giving a statement — even to your insurance company.
- Contact me. If you think the other person caused the accident, it important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can advise you about the best way to build a strong personal injury case.
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One of the most important elements in a personal injury case is documentation of the injuries. If you were injured, it is important to get the medical attention you need. This can help ensure you recover as quickly as possible and can build a strong case. Learn more by scheduling your initial consultation. I can be reached online or by calling (504) 313-4080.
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