Pull Over Safely and Call the Police
After you have been in an injury producing accident, it is important to make your way out of traffic in a safe manner. After you have cleared the zone of danger, call 911 and request a police response.
While at the Scene of the Accident Call Your Attorney
You should immediately call an attorney after contacting the police so you have a chance to discuss the matter with an attorney before speaking to the police. Your attorney can help you craft an accurate and impactful statement to provide the police that protects your rights and avoid pitfalls.
A police report usually contains contact information for the involved motorists and witnesses, written statements from all parties and witnesses, and a determination of who is at fault for causing the accident. The police report is the most important document in determining who caused the accident in a lawsuit, which is why it is imperative that you immediately call an attorney while waiting for the police to arrive.
Make sure to get the number associated with the police report before you leave the scene so you can obtain a copy of the final report.
Obtain Witness Information
Oftentimes, witnesses will not wait for the police so you should immediately contact any witnesses to the accident and get each witness’ name, address, email address, and phone number. If a witness supports that you were not at fault for the accident, ask if you can take a video and record their statement on your phone.
Document the Scene
If it is safe, use you phone to make a video of the accident scene and take plenty of pictures of the scene, the roadway, the involved vehicles, any visible injuries, and any property damage.
Call Your Attorney Back
After you have gone through the steps above, call your attorney again to discuss the next litigation steps.
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