Being in a car accident is a frightening and dangerous situation to be in. Since these accidents can be severe with possible injuries, there are necessary steps that need to be taken after an accident. It is essential to follow these steps to protect your rights after an accident with a car or truck.
Inform the Authorities
Anyone involved in the accident should never leave the scene. If there are no serious injuries, move your vehicle from the road if possible. If there were severe injuries or if someone died, call the police immediately. Upon arrival, the officer will assess the accident and write a police report. Be sure to collect a copy of the police report for your records.
It is important to get all of the other party’s personal information, including name, number, address, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. Having this information may be vital in getting in contact with them if you choose to seek compensation.
Speak with Witnesses
Check for witnesses at or around the accident scene. Be sure to ask them what they saw and collect their name and number. Witnesses can be valuable in a case.
Document the Accident
Take pictures or videos of the damage done to your vehicle. Photos can be used as evidence for your insurance company to determine who’s at fault and how much compensation you get as well as help with your court case.
Hire an Attorney
Car and trucking accidents are something that is inevitable and unpredictable. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm Mid-South can make sure you get the compensation you deserve and will fight for your rights in an auto accident. We have the experience and resources necessary to hold truck drivers, trucking companies, and other relevant parties responsible for the injuries and damage caused in serious truck and auto accident. Call 1-800-THE-FIRM for a free case evaluation.