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What To Do If You’ve Been Involved In A Car Accident

No one gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with the expectation that they are going to be involved in an auto accident, so when the unfortunate does occur, most people are at a loss in regards to what actions need to be taken. A car accident is a scary and, sometimes painful, experience. Most people feel that their vehicle is a safe haven that protects them from other drivers and outside forces. But when that safety zone is disturbed by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, the resulting mental chaos can disrupt even the most logical thinkers.

When an accident occurs, the first thing to remember is to remain calm. Maintaining a calm demeanor will help your mind assess the situation better, allowing you to mentally go through the steps that should be followed after the accident. Frantic thoughts can cause you to forget important details that could be important or make you neglect to do something that could prove vital in the future. Immediately after the accident, take a deep breath and collect your thoughts. Once you have gotten yourself composed, be sure that your vehicle is moved out of the flow of traffic. When your vehicle is safely off the street, take note of your personal well-being to determine if you may have suffered any sort of injury. If you know that you or someone else involved has been injured, immediately dial 9-1-1. In the event anyone has lost consciousness or is complaining of neck or back pain, do not attempt to move that person, unless it is necessary to avoid further hazardous injury.

Once immediate medical attention is provided to anyone who needs it, check for property damage to your vehicle and take pictures, if possible. If there is significant property damage, then it is important to contact the police. Request a police report if the situation calls for officers to arrive on the scene, and be sure to acquire the badge numbers and names of the responding officers.

While waiting for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene, take this time to exchange personal information with the other driver(s). Be sure to get names, phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate information, and automobile insurance details. Obtain the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any passengers that may have been involved as well. If there are witnesses to the accident, speak to them and acquire their personal contact information. As you are speaking to various individuals after the accident, it is important to not apologize for anything. Saying anything that seems like an apology could be taken as an admittance of wrongdoing and could cause you to unknowingly claim guilt.

After you have obtained all of the personal information from the other involved parties and have obtained a copy of the police report, contact your insurance company and initiate a claim. Be sure to tell them all of the details and facts about the accident, including any injuries sustained. Lying to your insurance company can come back to haunt you in the future, especially if they deny you coverage for the accident. If you did suffer from any injuries, keep a detailed accounting of your medical expenses and treatments, as well as any normal daily activities that you are prevented from enjoying. Having a written account of how the injuries have affected your life can prove invaluable when seeking future damages.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Offer Sound Legal Advice to Victims and Families

Before discussing the details of the accident with anyone other than the police or your own insurance company, contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney to represent your best interests and maximize the compensation you can recover. The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, are former insurance defense attorneys that understand the many tactics used by insurance companies to devalue claims and offer insubstantial settlements. Their experience in securing multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements is beneficial in pursuing your claim for compensation. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact their Philadelphia or Wilmington office by phone at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221, or online, in for a free initial consultation.