A large percentage of the millions of
auto accidents that happen each year do not result in serious injury or property damage.
Regardless of the extent of the damage in your accident,
knowing how to react ahead of time can save you from considerable distress later on and protect
your right to recover financial compensation.
First, call the police and if you have not been seriously injured, take
pictures of the accident and then move the vehicles off of the road if
in traffic. At the very least you should turn on your hazard lights.
Anyone seriously injured should not be moved unless there is a greater
risk in leaving them as they are.
When the police arrive have a report written. Your insurance company will
in most cases require a police report to have your claim filed. You should
also make a note of the officer’s name, badge number, phone number,
and the number of the police report.
Record any contact data from willing witnesses you can find. Ideally, they
will often wait at the scene until police arrive. A recounting of the
accident from a neutral third party’s perspective is vitally important
to your case.
Never admit to any fault or wrongdoing on your part to the other driver(s) or police. This does
not mean being uncooperative with offering information, but apologies
and statements which imply fault can do serious harm to your chances of
If the other driver offers you compensation or promises to pay for the
accident outside of an insurance claim, do not accept or make any statement
saying the damage done was not significant enough to act upon.
Take copious photographs with your cell phone of the vehicles, the accident
scene and any injuries.
You need to obtain essential information from the other driver and offer
your own. To protect yourself from identity theft, all that is legally
required from you to give is your full name, insurance company, policy
number, and your insurance company’s phone number.
Thereafter, you need to speak with a trained Charleston
personal injury attorney who can help you file a claim for compensation for any injuries and property
damage as a result of the accident.
Call McLeod Law Group LLC for legal counsel right away if you were in a serious car accident!