What to Do After an Auto Accident
GET SOMEWHERE SAFE
If you are involved in an auto accident, the first step is to pull over to the side of the road somewhere safe. Do your best to get the other driver’s attention so that he can also pull over to a safe area near your vehicle. Once your vehicle is out of harm’s way, grab your smartphone, or a pen and paper, and write down the other driver’s vehicle license plate number as well as his vehicle’s make and model.
DO NOT ADMIT FAULT
When you approach the other driver, it is imperative that you do not admit fault, even if the accident was likely caused by your error. Do not say that you are sorry or admit any type of wrongdoing. The words that you say during this interaction can be used against you when determining fault. Ask the other driver for his name, license, contact information and insurance information.
TAKE PICTURES AND NOTES
If you have a smartphone or a digital camera on hand, take pictures of your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle and the vicinity of the accident. If you do not have a camera on hand, try and draw a picture of the accident scene or take notes so that you do not forget any of the accident details. If you spot any witnesses in the area who may have seen the accident, approach them and take down their contact information as well. Their observations about the accident could help you prove that the accident was not your fault.
CONTACT THE INSURANCE COMPANY
Next, contact your automobile insurance company. Tell them that that you were involved in a car accident and describe the damage to the vehicle as well as yourself. Explain how the accident occurred. Then provide your insurance company with the other driver’s name along with his insurance and contact information.
Then contact the other driver’s insurance company, as there is no guarantee that he will actually report the accident to his insurer. If you don’t feel comfortable making this phone call, lean on your attorney to do it for you. The conversation with the other driver’s insurance company should give you an idea of how they plan to handle the claim and provide some insight as to how your vehicle repairs will be performed and your injuries tended to.
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY
If you have been in an auto accident, the Boulder auto accident lawyers at Sloat & Nicholson P.C. can help. Contact them today for a consultation about your case. Their auto accident lawyers have years of experience and will help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights while you and your family recover from the aftermath of your auto accident.
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