What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
Each year over 6 million car accidents occur with one in three causing injury to the driver or passengers. Knowing what to do following an accident is the first step to protecting your rights and preventing an unfortunate event from severely impacting your life. Based in Salem, the attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala represent car accident victims throughout Oregon.
Call our attorneys to discuss your car accident case at 866-364-4872.
Construct An Accurate Record
When you are in a serious auto accident, it can be hard to focus on anything other than the physical and emotional aftermath. However, obtaining as much pertinent information as possible is important to ensure a maximum insurance settlement, or to substantiate a lawsuit if necessary.
Do not apologize or admit fault, but report the accident to the police, especially if you believe it was caused by the other driver’s carelessness, recklessness or a traffic violation. As soon as possible, notify your insurance company and provide the details of the accident. Be truthful but succinct; your words can be distorted and used against you later.
If you are able, you should gather:
- Names and contact information of possible witnesses
- Contact information and insurance information for other drivers and vehicle owners
- License plate numbers of others involved in the accident, especially if they attempt to flee the scene
- Details about the accident scene such as the position of the vehicles, weather and road conditions, traffic signs and speed limits
- Photographs of the accident scene, if possible
Get Medical Attention
If you were injured in the car accident, seek medical attention. A seemingly minor injury at the time of the accident can develop into a serious condition over time. Appropriate medical care is important for your recovery and it strengthens your claim. Failing to seek medical care or follow recommendations can cast doubt upon the severity of your injuries.