It's hard to keep your wits about you after a car accident. If you do not take certain steps right after the incident, however, your chances of recovering your damages are reduced significantly.
1. Check for Serious Injury
First, stay calm and check for serious injuries. If anyone is harmed, call 911. Call the police regardless of injury, as you want them on the scene to take a report.
2. Take Pictures
If you can, get out of your vehicle and take pictures of the scene. You can also take video if your cell phone allows for that. Take photos of vehicle damage and body injuries close-up.
3. Get Contact Information
Get the contact information of all parties involved in the accident and witnesses. Make certain to get the driverâ€™s license number, insurance information and vehicle information of all other drivers.
4. Write Down What Happened
Your memory will fade as the shock of the incident wears off, so make notes of how the accident happened right away, including jotting down the date, time and location of the crash.
The final thing to do after being in a car accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. Do not discuss the incident at the scene. Rather, protect your rights by seeking legal counsel immediately. Call Doherty Law Offices at 262-338-5721.