- Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles, or flares for safety.
- Call the police, even if the accident is minor.
- If possible, don't leave the accident scene before the police and other drivers do. Obviously, if you are injured and need medical attention, then you need to go the emergency room.
- Obtain the other driver's information – name, address, date of birth, phone number, driver’s license number, and the license plate number of their car. Do not forget their insurance company, and their insurance policy number.
- Obtain witness information – If someone saw what happened, see if they will give you their contact information. If fault is in dispute, witnesses are vital.
- Take photographs – People take pictures of everything in this age of the smart phone. Whip yours out and document the entire scene.
- Write it Down – If you think it is important, write it down before you forget.
- Get your police report – Demand copies of everything the officer prepares in connection with your accident. .
- Do as your doctor says. Follow the treatment plan suggested and keep appointments.
- Disability note if you are going to miss work– You do not want the adjuster making a low ball offer in your claim because you did not bother to get a note.
Five Things NOT to Do After a Car AccidentThere are a few things you should avoid doing to protect yourself legally after an accident:
- Let the other driver leave the scene of the accident before taking down his or her information
- Discuss the accident with the insurance company of the other driver before you talk to your lawyer.
- Sign anything you do not understand and before you talk to you lawyer. Review everything including the police report for accuracy.
- Accept a settlement offered too soon after the accident or before you talk to your lawyer.