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If you are involved in a car accident, even if you are not injured, there are a few things that you should do, and a few things you should not do. Contact our office for more information.
Do Not: Leave The Scene Until the Police Have Investigated the Car Accident
In most cases if the car accident involves an injury, even when it is not an injury to you, or substantial damage to property (meaning a car or building), it is much better to err on the side of caution and stay at the scene of the accident until the police tell you that you may leave. Leaving the scene of a car accident can result in the loss of your driving privileges and even criminal charges in some cases. Don’t take the chance of this happening to you! If you are not absolutely sure of the car accident law that applies to your accident, wait for the police!
Do: Obtain Information From All Involved
When you are involved in a car accident you will want to get the following information to give to your car accident lawyer, should you need to retain one:
- The Other Driver – Name, address, driver’s license number, insurance information and the license plate number of the car involved in the accident
- Witnesses – Get full name, address and contact information
- Police Officers at the scene – Get their business card and the “incident” number. This is important information when referencing your case
- The location of the accident – The nearest intersection, road conditions, time of day, speed limits, the weather and anything else you think may have contributed to the accident
- The accident itself – How the accident happened, the direction of travel of the cars involved, and what the cars were doing when the accident happened.
Do Not: Admit Fault – No Matter What
Even if you think that you may have fault in the accident, never admit liability. There may be a lot of things about the accident that you don’t know about and it could very well turn out that another driver had a more prominent role in causing the accident that you know at the time.
Do not make any statements to anyone at the accident scene except to a responding police officer. When you do speak to the police stick to just the facts, do not “suppose” or give them anything other than the simple, plain truth of exactly what happened.
Do: Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not feel any adverse effects from the car accident, there may still be injuries you have suffered. In the moments after a car accident your body is flooded with adrenaline, which may mask the symptoms of an injury, especially neck and back strains which can be caused even by low speed impacts. It is much better to be seen by a qualified medical person than to wait until later. This will also determine whether the injury was caused by the accident itself. You should either go to the emergency room that day, or at least see a doctor within the first couple of days. If you go much later, causation of your injuries can be called into question.
Do: Take some pictures of the damage to your car.
If you have a camera at the scene and are able to take pictures, get some pictures of the other car, too. If you have to take pictures later, you probably will only be able to get pictures of your own car.
Do: Get qualified legal advice
If you are injured, even if the injury is minor, consult a qualified car accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses no matter who is at fault.
If you would like to talk to John H. Darrow about your case please feel free to call (425) 369-2064 or fill out the contact form on the right.