Do’s and Don’ts after an accident
We understand that most people do not know what to do after a car accident! The shock, fear and pain that sets in after an accident can cause you to miss some very vital steps that will help your case and get you the compensation you deserve. Here are some DO's and DON'Ts to keep in mind if you are ever involved in a car accident.
- Do immediately call for medical help if someone is injured.
- Do call the police. They will document the accident and gather facts for legal purposes. If you don’t call the police, it is your word against the other person’s.
- Do report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible.
- Do exchange information with the other parties involved, such as address and phone number. If it's a car accident get the license plate number; make, model and year of the vehicle; driver’s insurance information; car registration number; driver’s license number.
- Do get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses. Keep in mind any passengers involved in the accident are NOT witnesses.
- Do keep a disposable camera handy, or use a cell phone if possible, to take pictures of the accident, damage to the vehicle, and the area around the accident.
- Do collect any physical evidence that could have caused the accident.
- Do gather details from the accident: draw a diagram of the accident; note the date and time; the type of weather; the location of the accident—including any landmarks.
- Do call an attorney as soon as possible. Rodney Jones Law Group, PC. will send out accident investigators to collect valuable evidence for our clients’ cases.
- Don’t panic. Remain calm and call for help.
- Don’t leave the scene of the accident.
- Don’t discuss the accident with anyone and blame anyone, including yourself.
- Don’t avoid going to the Emergency Room if you are hurt.
- Don’t wait. The longer you wait to get legal advice, the harder it is to prove your case.
- Don’t speak to anybody from the at-fault person's insurance company before consulting Rodney Jones Law Group, PC..If you give a statement, it may be used against you in the future.
- Don’t sign any papers given to you by an insurance company or agree to a settlement of your case until you get legal advice.