Steps to Take after a Car Accident
Getting into a car accident can be as maddening as it may be disorienting or upsetting. However, it’s important to try to stay calm and clear-minded, as what you do after a car accident happens could end up impacting the success of your claim later.
If it’s been a while since you have been in a car accident – or if you are lucky enough to have never been in a car accident, familiarizing yourself with the following steps to take after traffic collisions is crucial. This could help you determine fault in accidents while also potentially helping you maximize your financial recovery.
Following a Car Accident, Here’s What You Should Do…
Call 911 and wait for police to arrive – After a crash, the first thing to do is to call the police, report the collision and wait for them to arrive at the scene. Although other drivers may not want to call the cops – and although calling police may mean you have to wait longer before getting on with your day, this step is absolutely crucial, as it will ensure that there is a police report for the car accident (and this police report may be pivotal to establishing fault down the line)..
- Start collecting info from other motorists – While you wait for the police to arrive at the scene or give you the clear to leave, be sure to get as much of the following information as you can from the other involved motorists: name(s), contact info, driver’s license number(s), vehicle-related info (license plate number, vehicle make/model) and insurance-related info (provider name and policy number).
- Photograph the damage – Another important thing you can do as you wait for the clear from police to leave the scene is to take pictures of as much of the wreckage/damage as you can. Be sure to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, other vehicles and even surrounding fixed objects (if there were any damaged due to the collision). It’s also usually a good idea to take pictures of any injuries you and/or your passengers suffered in the accident (if there are any visible injuries).
- Call your insurance company – When reasonably possible, contact your auto insurer to report the accident. Putting off this step could end up causing unnecessary delays and/or complications with your claim later.
- Call Attorney Linda Weimar – This step is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and future car accident claim, as experienced Attorney Linda Weimar can help you deal with insurers and craft the strongest possible claim(s).The bottom line is that, after a car accident, you may not have the physical or psychological capacity to fight for your rights. Knowing that an experienced professional is doing this for you can give you some peace of mind that you will have the best chances of bringing your claim to a successful resolution.
Contact the Banks Car Accident Lawyer at the Weimar Law Offices
Have you been injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence? If so, it’s time to contact trusted and skilled Banks Car Accident Lawyer Linda Weimar.
Since 1997, Attorney Linda Weimar has been dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to injured people and to holding negligent parties accountable for their careless and reckless behaviors. This means that, with Attorney Linda Weimar on your side, you can trust that you will receive superior representation, aggressive legal advocacy and experienced help securing the compensation and justice you deserve.
To discuss your rights and get your case started at no upfront cost, meet with Attorney Linda Weimar for a free, no obligations initial consultation. You can set up this meeting by calling us at (503) 640-5000 or by emailing us using the Contact form on this page.