Year after year, car accidents are consistently reported as the leading cause of injuries and deaths in the United States.
People often underestimate the amount of concentration it takes to safely operate a motor vehicle and, in some cases these accidents may be the most preventable.
Do you know what to do in the aftermath of a collision? How you react can prevent further injuries, reduce costs and accelerate the clean-up and repair process.
If you are involved in a traffic accident, try to remain calm and follow these steps:
- Safety first – If you can, move your vehicle to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. If it cannot be moved, remain in the vehicle.
- Exchange information with the other driver – Include your name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver’s license number and license plate number.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car – Should contain a cell phone, pen, paper, camera.
- Document the accident – Taking pictures of both vehicles and any other damage involved. If there are witnesses, get their contact information.
- File an accident report – File a state vehicle accident report, available at police stations or on the Department of Motor Vehicles website.
- Know what insurance coverage you have.
- Hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
So, who will pay for the damages? If the accident was minor, you and the other driver may decide to handle the damages yourselves with involving the insurance companies. However, this isn’t always the best idea. While you may agree to a settlement on the day of the accident, the other driver may change his or her mind a few days later.
Automobile accidents take a tremendous toll on everyone involved, both financially and emotionally. Make safety your primary concern when behind the wheel.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and wish to seek compensation for your losses, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the law offices of Welebir | Tierney. Holding individuals responsible for their negligent actions is the first step in protecting your rights as a victim of an auto accident.
Our attorneys are ready to help explain your legal options and help you with your claim. Call us at our San Bernardino office today.