If you were in a car accident would you know what to do? While it is common to plan for positive life events, like weddings and babies, not many of us plan for the negative ones. Since no one plans to be in an accident, it makes that few of us actually know what to do right after impact. This is unfortunate because so much can be done in the aftermath of an accident to protect one’s self. If you are involved in a car accident, do not be caught off guard. The following is a list of things you can do to protect your legal interests:
- Stop the car. Do not make the mistake of leaving the scene of an accident, even if the accident is minor.
- Clear the roadway. Unless your injuries or damage to your vehicle is severe, it best to move your vehicle to the side or shoulder of the road. Clearing the roadway prevents further accidents from motorists who come upon the scene. If it is dark and vehicles cannot be safely moved, turn on your vehicle’s flashers and set up roadside
- Notify the police. Once you have made sure that everyone involved in the accident is safe, you will want to notify the police. Any time there is significant damage to property or injuries you will need to contact the police so that a report can be made.
- Speak carefully. After an accident, emotions of all participants are running high. Since what you say to the police or others at the scene is critically important, it is best to speak carefully. Do not admit wrongdoing. If you are asked a question, do not speculate or make any guesses. Tell only the information you know and if you do not know the answer, then respond as such. For example, if you are asked if you are hurt but are to shaken up to know for sure, say you do not know.
- Contact your insurance company. Per your insurance policy, you will need to contact your insurance company after the accident. Do not make the mistake of speaking with the other party’s insurance company. You are not required to speak with them. Instead contact your insurance company and your attorney first.
- Obtain witness contact information. A witnesses’ testimony is one of the key pieces of evidence what happened to cause the accident and in determining who is at fault. Make sure to obtain contact information for each witness, especially if they cannot stick around for the police to arrive.
- Take photos. Put your smartphone to good use. Snap photos of the scene before cars are moved to the side of the road. It is also a good idea to take photos of any obvious injuries, like cuts and scrapes. Make sure to take photos of anything from the scene that you think may be helpful or that proves your account of what happened.
- Contact an attorney. One of the best things you can do if you are in an accident to protect your interests is to contact an attorney. He or she will be able to serve as your guide throughout the process and make sure that your rights are protected.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an auto accident, protect yourself by seeking the advice of a seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a highly experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can advocate on your behalf and safeguard your rights. At the Handley Law Center, our veteran injury attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will work diligently to make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Call The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. You can trust our team of compassionate injury attorneys to serve you well!