What should I do if I’m injured in an automobile accident?
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. Americans collectively drive almost 3 TRILLION miles per year and 3 MILLION people were injured or killed on our roads last year alone. Always anticipate the possibility of becoming a motor vehicle accident “statistic” and make sure you protect yourself by following these procedures:
- Call the police immediately.
- Record the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license number, registration, and proof of insurance.
- Gather the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses who can be contacted by your attorney at a later date; and try to convince them to remain at the scene until the police arrive. Beg if you have to!
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you “don’t feel that bad”. (Even the most serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, may not be immediately apparent.)
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Cooperate with your insurance company, but do not volunteer any theories about the circumstances leading up to the accident.
- Never, never, never discuss the accident with the other driver’s insurance company before you consult a lawyer.
- Document your injuries with photographs. Some injuries such as bruises and cuts heal quickly. As a result, the visual record can be critical to your case.
- Take pictures of the vehicles, interior and exterior.
- Consult with an attorney experienced in the practice of personal injury law before you attempt to recover your losses.