1. Stay at the Scene
If possible move your vehicle to the side of the road. Stay calm. Contact the police and only leave when they allow you to leave.
2. Do not discuss your case
Do not give any statements other than to the police at the scene of the accident until you consult with a lawyer.
- Do not apologize to the other driver because that can be construed as an admission that you were at fault.
- Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
- Do not give any statements to your own insurance company until you talk to an attorney first.
3. Take pictures
Take pictures of the accident scene, the cars, and anything else you think might be important.
4. Keep a record of your medical treatment
You should seek medical attention as soon as you can after an injury. Even if the injuries look minor to you, they may require treatment. Getting them on record is critical if you plan to make an injury claim.
5. Do not accept a settlement offer
No matter how good it sounds do not accept a settlement offer without consulting a lawyer. It is the insurance company’s job to settle for the lowest amount possible. They may try to persuade you to settle using strong-arm tactics and half-truths.
6. Call Douglas Chanco!
If you plan on making an injury claim you should get a lawyer, specifically Douglas Chanco. The insurance companies have powerful lawyers on their side, so you need to have an experienced litigator in your corner to fight them.