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What To Do After A Car Accident

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After a car crash, it’s important to protect your rights. If the accident was someone else’s fault, you’ll have to prove their negligence in order to receive the compensation you are due from their insurance company. Failing to take the proper steps after the accident can weaken your case and lower the value of your case.

When an accident occurs, a police report is often filed. The police report gives a summary of how the police believe the crash happened and lists the parties and witnesses that were involved.

If possible, try to obtain your own information about the crash by taking these steps:

  1. Keep Important Identification with You. Information including your driver’s license, car insurance, and registration information should be kept on you or in the vehicle. Any medical information, including serious health conditions or drug allergies that you have and information that paramedics need to know, should be documented and kept on your person.
  2. Never Leave the Scene of an Accident. Never leave the scene of an accident, especially before the first responders arrive. If you do leave, you can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. To stay safe from any secondary accidents without leaving the scene, move the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and put your hazard lights on if possible.
  3. Call 911. Call the authorities immediately, especially if there are injuries, such as a possible concussion to you or your passengers, both adult and children.   Contacting 911 will get both police officers and first responders dispatched immediately. Police will also be able to file an accident report, which is important for evidence and the insurance company.
  4. Take Photos of Accident Scene and Property Damage. Pictures can provide important information about the cause of your car accident. If there was debris on the road or a defect with the vehicle, take photos of that since it could be an important piece of evidence. Also photograph any visible injuries. It is especially important to take photos of the scene of the accident, the location of the collision and the damages sustained to the cars
  5. Obtain Accurate Contact and Insurance Information of All Drivers Involved in the Car Accident. Exchange identifying information with every driver involved in the crash, including names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, insurance company names, and insurance company policy numbers. If the other driver admits responsibility for the accident or apologizes, please write down the apology verbatim.
  6. Get Witness Names and Statements. Write down the names of any witnesses as well as any statements about how the crash occurred.  Get names, addresses, e-mail and phone numbers of the witnesses.
  7. Seek Medical Help. Sometimes, serious injuries are not apparent immediately after a car crash. It is important to let a medical professional examine you after an accident if you feel pain in order to diagnose your injury and begin treatment for any injuries you may have.
  8. Notify Your Insurance Company. Your insurance company will ask that you provide immediate notification about a car accident. If possible, contact them right after your accident and report the day, time, and location of the crash. However, be cautious about what you say to the insurance company. Do not provide a written or recorded statement about the cause of the crash without the help of lawyer.
  9. Get a Copy of The Police Report. Get a copy of the police report for your records as soon as possible. Don’t panic if there are discrepancies.  This is a detail to talk over with an attorney. Remember that the police do not have final say about who was at fault for a crash. That’s for the civil courts to decide.
  10. Keep Records of Appointments, Expenses and Missed Time from Work. Keep records of any medical appointments, missed time from work, and out-of-pocket expenses that stem from your accident. These bills will be included in your claim for damages.
  11. Follow Your Doctor’s Advice. You need to follow your doctor’s advice so that you can recover fully. If you have any doubts, you have the right to seek a second opinion. Keeping up with your appointments and treatments will also be important to demonstrate the seriousness of your injuries if you choose to file a legal claim.
  12. Consult an Attorney. The most important thing you should do if you are seriously injured in a car accident is to consult an attorney. It is important that you receive legal advice before providing any statements to insurance companies. An attorney can protect your rights and ensure that evidence from the accident is preserved.

Phone Apps for Car Accident Help

There are several phone apps that assist you in documenting and downloading information directly to your insurance company if you are in a car accident. Some of the most popular applications include:

  • Collision Call. Collision Call is a car accident app that can be downloaded to both Apple and Android phones. The application contacts all the important emergency services as soon as you are in an accident.
  • WreckCheck. This app helps you gather evidence when you are involved in a collision and guides you through a step-by-step process to create your own accident report.
  • CamOnRoad. CamOnRoad is a free Android-based car accident camera that turns on when you are in a traffic accident. It acts as a dashboard camera that records everything that happens while you are in the car.
  • SOSmart. SOSmart is an emergency application that automatically starts monitoring and detecting information before you head out on the road.
  • AxiKit Accident Report Kit. AxiKit provides instructions for any driver that has just been in a traffic accident, and is available for Androids and iPhones. After preparing all the information, the accident report is emailed to your insurer.

Contact Our Connecticut Car Accident Attorneys for Help

Wocl Leydon is a respected and well-known law firm that assists victims injured in motor vehicle collisions that were caused by someone else’s carelessness. If you have been seriously injured, we can help determine compensation and damages resulting from your auto accident.

Our car accident attorneys represent clients throughout Connecticut including Fairfield County, Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield and Bridgeport. Contact our lawyers for a free consultation by phone or online now.

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