No matter how careful we are when we drive, accidents do happen. In fact, most people will be involved in some type of car accident at least once in their lifetimes. After a car accident, you need to know what to do – from a legal standpoint. Here, we’ve outlined some crucial advice for the immediate aftermath of a car accident:
- Do call the cops. After an accident, the first thing that you should do is call the proper authorities – in other words, the local police. Law enforcement can create a record of what happened, and provide any necessary assistance. No matter what the other driver says, do NOT agree not to call the cops; this lets any insurance companies off the hook in terms of paying you. Insurance companies need to see a proper accident report before they can start the claims process.
- Don’t leave the scene. Leaving the scene of the accident can be grounds for prosecution – it can be described as a hit and run. No matter what has happened, your best option is always to stay put after an accident has occurred.
- Do gather as much information as possible. You should always get the information of the other person(s) involved – their insurance information, personal info, driver’s license number, etc. This info will come in handy if you decide to pursue a claim with your insurance company, or if the case is taken to court.
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If you have questions about the time following an accident, or want to know how to proceed after a car accident injury, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney! Joe Luce is here to offer legal advice and assistance for all your personal injury needs. You can give us a call at (972) 562-9700. Our team is always happy to help.