Three steps to take after an accident are:
- Stay safe. If you are injured, focus on keeping safe and seeking medical attention as soon as possible. If you are uninjured, keep away from debris, burning vehicles, and traffic. Call 911 immediately to alert authorities, and watch out for other risks that could threaten your safety or the safety of those around you.
- Collect information. This is an important step, and you should get the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information from other drivers involved. Make sure to get the names and policy numbers of the insurance companies, and write down the make, model, and license plate numbers of other vehicles involved. If possible, collect the names and phone numbers of witnesses, the crash report number, and the name and agency number of the responding law enforcement officer.
- Photograph the scene. You should try to get photos of your vehicle and any other vehicles involved. Photograph the driver’s side, passenger’s side, front end, rear end, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved. This can be helpful later on when dealing with insurance companies.
By following these guidelines, you can increase your safety and gather necessary evidence to seek compensation. It is also a good idea to look at our car accident checklist to determine if you are prepared for an accident. At Goodman Acker P.C., our knowledgeable Detroit car accident attorneys possess a thorough knowledge of the legal system and represent clients injured in car crashes.
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