What You Need to Know in the Aftermath of an Auto Accident
In the critical minutes after an auto accident, adrenaline is pumping and everything moves quickly. While the physical safety of everyone involved should be the first priority, it is also important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. In the days and weeks following an accident, you may be forced to deal with medical issues, insurance claims, lawsuits and even potential criminal charges. Your LegalShield provider law firm is standing by to help you understand your rights and legal options. If you have any questions, contact your LegalShield provider law firm. Your provider law firm information can be located on your LegalShield mobile app or through the “Ask Erin” feature on www.legalshield.com.
- Safety First - Pull safely to the side of the road and out of the traffic lanes, if possible. If you cannot do so or you feel it is dangerous to move your vehicle, carefully exit your vehicle and move yourself to a safe location away from traffic until help arrives.
- Police - Even if your accident seems minor, call the police and file an accident report. Do not admit guilt or responsibility for the accident to the police or other persons. Some individuals who are shaken up after an accident become overly apologetic while others may become angry and combative. Remind yourself to stay calm and let the police do their job.
- Hit-and-Run – Never chase a hit-and-run driver. A chase puts you and other drivers in danger. You can use your phone or other smart device to make quick note of the make, model and license plate number. If you can only remember one piece of information, make it the other driver’s license plate number. Next, call the police. Even if you have very little information about the other driver, a police report will be necessary for any insurance claim or legal action.
- Information - Exchange information with the driver of the other car or cars. Gather names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance information. If there are witnesses on the scene, take down their contact information as well. Witnesses may be particularly helpful in identifying hit-and-run drivers or understanding the full picture of a major accident. Use your phone to take pictures of the accident scene and any property damage.
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