Property Damage and Personal Injuries - What to Keep Track of at the Scene of an AccidentApril 13, 2017
Many people have a rough idea of what to do in a car accident. In the moment, though, composing yourself and responding appropriately presents a challenge. Your adrenaline flows and your mind races. But your duties after an accident don't depend on how you are feeling. Before you talk to your lawyer, or before you even leave the scene of an accident, make sure you collect the information you need.
Details of What Happened
In most cases, your insurance policy serves as the starting point for your accident claims process. If you suffer a serious injury, though, you have a right to sue for damages. To prove liability, you must be able to describe what happened. The time of day or night, the road and weather conditions, and what you experience all factor into this. Write down as much information as you can, and be sure to include all of this information when you file a police report. The greater the level of detail you can record at the scent, the better the proof of liability you can provide later.
Damage and Injuries
Even if you know what to do in a car accident, injuries can complicate your ability to do it. To the best of your ability, make a note at the time of any injuries you may have suffered, as well as the damage to your vehicle. If you are able, take pictures of the vehicles, the scene of the crash and your injuries. All of this will become important; your claim for damages ties directly to the cost of repair for your vehicle and the extent of the injuries you suffer.
The rush of energy your body gives you after an accident complicates this. You might feel unaffected for a few days before the adrenaline wears off. Before you make a statement about injuries, make sure you visit a doctor. A physical examination helps ensure that you can recover for any injuries you suffer.
If you have been injured in a car accident, step back before you risk signing away your rights. Contact Stern and Stern so we can analyze your case and get you started on your recovery.