Car Accident Cases

Car accidents spur the most personal injury cases in the United States. When an accident happens, usually it’s because someone isn’t following the rules of the road, or driving as carefully as he or she should be. A careless driver can usually be held financially and responsible for injuries stemming from a car accident. Exceptions do exist in the dozen or so “no fault” states, where drivers have to collect from their own insurers except in cases of “serious” injury.


Steps to Take After a Vehicular Accident

Remain at the Scene

Always stay at the scene of the accident until you have been cleared to leave. Leaving before the police allow you to do so may mean additional criminal charges even if the accident was not your fault.

Check On All Involved

Make sure all passengers and drivers are okay. Do not move injured people as this may incur additional injuries. Call 911 and allow medical professionals to assess any hurt people.

Notify The Police

When the police arrive, they will ask questions of those there. Ask for a copy of the police report and ask for the officers’ contact information for any further questions.

Exchange Information With the Other Drivers

Collect the names of the drivers as well as their insurance information and their license plate numbers as well as giving them yours. Try to not speak about the accident as you may inadvertently admit to something that could lead to further charges.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Let your insurance company know you have been in an accident as soon as you can. Many companies now allow you to notify them with an app, otherwise, call the number on your insurance card.

Take Pictures

Use your mobile phone to snap photos of your vehicle, the other cars or trucks involved, license plates, and anything else you think may be relevant to your claim. Taking pictures will help insurance companies determine how to compensate you best as well as potentially be used in court.

Call Valerie Garrett Law Office

We hope that you are never in a motor vehicle accident. However, if that should happen and you are injured or feel your insurance company is not being fair, please call us at Valerie Garrett Law Office. Our focus is on your justice.

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