January 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- What to Do After a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident is unnerving, at the least, and can result in serious personal injury or death at the worst. At a time when it may be difficult to think clearly, taking the right actions after an accident happens can make a difference in being able to recover for the losses suffered. It is helpful for any Idaho resident to learn what to do ahead of time, in order to avoid mistakes immediately after an accident.
First, one should dial 911 for emergency services and the police. Second, drivers should stay at the accident scene until all necessary reports have been made and information gathered. If anyone is hurt, a driver who leaves the scene may be charged with hit-and-run.
The police should provide instructions on how to obtain a copy of the accident report. It is also a good idea to write down the names and badge numbers of the responding officers.
In order to file a lawsuit to seek damages following a car accident, a person needs an accurate account of what happened. While the details are fresh in memory and the parties involved in the accident are still at the scene, writing down careful notes can be very helpful. Some details to record include:
-The time the accident occurred
-What happened just before, during and immediately after the accident
-Where it happened
-Who was there, including witnesses, other drivers, passengers and any other victims
-What the weather conditions were at the time of the accident
Drivers need to get information about every other driver and passenger involved in the accident, including names and phone numbers, insurance carriers, driver's license numbers and addresses. If a camera is available it is also useful to take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles.
Besides their own recollections of what happened, drivers should ask witnesses for their account of events, and write down what they say. If a camera is available it is also useful to take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles. Insurance adjusters find photographs helpful, especially before and after pictures of a car that has been in an accident, and photographs can serve as important evidence in a personal injury lawsuit.
People who are injured should record their immediate feelings and reactions, and should keep a daily record of changes in their condition and the treatments received. This will be valuable when determining the extent of injuries. After seeking medical care, injured persons should contact a personal injury attorney promptly after an accident to help seek compensation for injuries and damages related to the accident.
Article provided by Goicoechea Law Offices
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