What to do

  • DO exchange information with other drivers. Get names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance company and policy numbers.
  • DO take numerous photographs of the auto damage to all vehicles and the accident scene. Have a camera available whether a cell phone camera or other type that you keep in your vehicle.
  • DO call the police. Until they arrive DO NOT interact with other drivers or passengers, unless an injury requires immediate attention. What you say can be misconstrued. You are a potential party to a lawsuit so anything you say can be testified to in court whether accurately or otherwise.
  • DO seek medical attention immeditaly if you are injured.
  • DO contact your insurance company if you are injured (You will be required to give some form of a statement). If at all possible, do not give any type of written or recorded statements to your insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • DO keep all paperwork given to you in connection with your accident.
  • DO keep a journal of events and symptoms.
  • DO have your car estimated by the auto shop of your choice.

What NOT to do

  • DO NOT discuss the facts at the accident scene, except when asked by the investigating officer.
  • DO NOT have any subsequent phone conversation with the other drivers or their passengers if you are injured.
  • DO NOT give a statement of any kind to any insurance company representative without first consulting an attorney.
  • DO NOT delay in seeking medical attention. A delay of 10 days to 2 weeks can allow the insurance company to argue that you were not injured, or that you were injured by a subsequent event.
  • NEVER attempt resolution of your injury claim without having an experienced attorney review it.

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