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Parties Represented by Personal Injury Lawyer Receive Nearly 3.5 Times More Money in a Settlement Than Those Without an Attorney
– Insurance Research Council Study 2004
Motor vehicle accidents are jarring, confusing things. But the first thing you should do after a wreck is consult an attorney. Following a few simple guidelines after an accident is important. This will help you get the best possible outcome. Even if you decide not to sue or keep a lawyer. The choices you make can help your case or hurt it. Sometimes they can even have permanent effects on your health and well being.
Motor vehicle accidents can result in significant injuries to drivers and passengers. First of all, it is important to remain calm, and begin to assess the situation.
Are you injured? Call 911 or ask a passenger or bystander to do so. If your injuries are serious, try not to move, and wait for emergency response personnel. If you are not injured, check on the status of your passengers. Is anyone else in the vehicle injured? Contact emergency response and report their injuries to the dispatcher.
Move to the side of the road or onto a sidewalk. If your car is safe to move and is causing a hazard in a busy road, move it to the side of the road. Otherwise, you should leave it where it is and get you and your passengers to safety.
Turn off your engine. Turn on your warning lights. Deploy road flares to warn other vehicles, if available.
Information is key to a successful personal injury case. Document the facts and events as thoroughly as possible.
Get the name and badge number of all officers responding to the accident. Write down which departments they belong to.
Ask the officers where you can get a copy of their report. When will it be available? What is the report number?
Get pictures of all the vehicles involved. Take pictures/video of the whole accident scene. Make sure you capture the damage done to all vehicles.
Write down the names, addresses, phone numbers and email address of everyone involved.
Find out if the other driver has auto insurance. With which company?
Were there witnesses? What are their names and contact information?
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