If you have been involved in a car accident, there are certain steps you should take immediately in order to protect your rights. While you may not believe that your accident is serious enough to warrant taking such strict precautions, it is important to lay the foundation for recovery of compensation at a later time if it becomes necessary. Many accident victims have found that they are barred from collecting payment for injuries sustained in a car accident because they did not take these necessary steps.
Here are some things you should do if you are involved in a car accident, even if the crash appears to be minor:
Collect the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved in the crash and any potential witnesses. It is not enough to get the other driver’s name and insurance information. Ask to see his or her driver’s license and record all information; you can do this by taking a picture with your phone as a quick way of accurately preserving the information. Likewise, record all information about everyone in both vehicles, even those who were not driving, and the information on any potential witnesses to the crash. If the witnesses agree, snap a photo of each so that it will be easy to identify them later.
Note cameras in the area. Look for security cameras in the area that may have caught the crash on tape. Be sure to secure a copy of this footage as soon as possible, as many cameras erase their contents every few days. Additionally, you should take pictures of the crash site and the vehicles from several different angles.
Request medical assistance. Any time you are involved in a crash greater than a fender bender, you should request medical assistance. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is to decline medical treatment at the scene, only to find out a few days later they have injuries or issues. Once you have declined the offer of medical help, it is more difficult to show that you were actually injured in the crash.
Call a personal injury attorney. Do not attempt to negotiate with an insurance company or a defense attorney alone. Instead, call a personal injury attorney for help with your case.
Contact Dan Gilleon in San Diego immediately if you have suffered injuries in a car accident. Mr. Gilleon has years of experience in helping victims recover compensation for their car accident injuries.