After Your Auto Accident
1) Stay calm and avoid placing blame on anyone until the police have arrived.
2) Check for injuries. When in doubt, call an ambulance.
3) Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights. Place warning cones, flares or warning triangles for safety.
4) Insist on contacting the police even if the other driver does not believe it is warranted.
Note: Always consult with an attorney or your own insurance company before signing any paperwork, unless it is for the police or medical personnel.
5) State only the facts and leave emotions out of your statement to the police officer.
6) Obtain names and telephone numbers of eye witnesses.
7) Take pictures if possible.
8) File your accident report when required by law, unless a police report was taken by an officer.
9) If you have serious injuries, do not try to settle your own claim. Contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights. Report your loss to your insurance company, but do not give an official statement to the other drivers’ insurance adjuster without consulting with your attorney or your own insurance company first.
10) If you are injured, it is important that you get a thorough evaluation of your injuries by a doctor, such as a chiropractor who specializes in the musculoskeletal system — your bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons.