Six Critical Steps To Take After A Car Accident
Six Critical Steps and Auto Accident Checklist
You’ve just been in a fender bender. Or worse. What should you be thinking about as you are getting out of your car? First, if you are still in a traffic lane and your car is drivable, drive it to a safe location near the accident scene, if possible. Make sure you can safely exit your car.
Six Critical Steps from MyPhillyLawyer.com
Next, the attorneys of MyPhillyLawyer.com suggest you should be thinking about the following six critical steps:
- Remain calm and secure the accident scene with flashers or flares.
- Call for medical help, if necessary.
- Only discuss the accident with the police; do not admit fault to anyone.
- Photograph the scene.
- Notify your insurance company if you are sued.
- Contact your attorney or the attorneys at MyPhillyLawyer to discuss your legal options.
Make sure you have these six critical steps on hand when you need them. Download a copy of MyPhillyLawyer.com’s Auto Accident Checklist for your glove box.
Auto Accident Checklist
After an accident, the scene may be chaotic. You may be confronting an angry or injured driver, damage to property or an emergency situation. Follow the six critical steps, if possible. You will also need to obtain other information. If you can do so at the scene, you will want to write down this information:
1. Accident information. You should write down the date, time of day, location and weather conditions.
2. Other driver’s information. If another driver was involved, you should get his or her name, address, date of birth, home telephone, driver’s license number and state, license expiration date, car make and model, license plate number and state, and vehicle identification number. If the driver had insurance, you should also get the driver’s insurance company and policy number, the company’s address and a phone number.
3. Driver’s employer. If the accident occurred while the driver was driving within the scope of employment, you will also want information about the employer. Obtain the employer’s name, address, telephone and a company contact.
4. Vehicle owners. If the driver was not the owner of the car, you will also want to obtain the owner’s name, address, phone number and insurance information.
5. Witnesses. If witnesses are at the scene, you will want to obtain their names and telephone numbers.
6. Accident description. You will want to briefly describe how the accident occurred, the vehicle speeds, weather and road conditions, and the physical condition of the other driver’s car just prior to the accident. You can also draw a diagram of the accident on the other side of the Auto Accident Checklist sheet.
7. Damage. You will want to describe the nature of the damage to your car and to the other driver’s car.
8. Fault. If the other driver admitted fault, you should write down a quote of the words they used.
9. Police officer’s report. You should record the name and badge of the officer at the scene. Ask the officer how to obtain a copy of the accident report.
Do You Have Questions After an Accident?
The information you gather on the Auto Accident Checklist sheet can be helpful in proving a case, but it is just a start in what can be a battle against the other driver’s insurance company or your own. At Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., the sponsors of MyPhillyLawyer.com, we understand your concerns and we can answer your questions.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and questions. Please bring the information you filled out on the Auto Accident Checklist or any information that you have about your auto accident, and our attorneys can review your case and answer your questions.
To learn more about auto accidents and personal injury law, please visit MyPhillyLawyer.com.