Do’s

  • Seek Medical Attention
  • Contact the Police
    • Contacting the police at the scene is crucial step toward building your case, If you don’t, it becomes a matter of your word against the other driver
  • Call an ambulance
    • Especially if you are injured in an accident seeking immediate medical attention is crucial
  • Take photos
    • All vehicle damages of all parties involved
    • Any evidence that shows road and/or weather conditions
  • Gather details
    • Date
    • Time
    • Weather
    • Location
    • If possible draw a diagram of your accident
    • If there is a witness get their name, number, address and email address
      • Mostly ask the witness to stay until the police arrives so they can provide a statement to the police
    • Exchange information with all parties involved
      • Obtain name, addresses, and phone numbers
      • Driver’s license number
      • License Plate Numbers
      • Car’s make, model, and year
      • Insurance information

Don’ts

  • Don’t panic
  • Don’t leave
    • Even if you are not injured or involved in minor accident, leaving the scene without exchanging proper information can been seen as a “hit and run”
  • Don’t discuss
    • File your report with the police and contact an attorney before you speak to anyone else
  • Don’t accept blame
    • Never admit fault to an accident. While you may believe you are at fault for the accident, you may not be aware of all the facts and circumstances that were at play. Also, don’t accuse the other driver – let the evidence speak for itself
  • Don’t record a statement
    • Not until you’ve consulted with an attorney. You have the right to refuse to record a statement with any insurance company to a later date. They might hold your statement against you at a later date.
  • Don’t sign
  • Don’t settle
    • Don’t accept any settlement until after you’ve consulted with an attorney
  • Don’t wait