WHAT TO DO AT THE ACCIDENT SCENE
Whether you have been in an accident before, or whether you have been fortunate enough to avoid any collisions, you should be prepared for when a crash happens. This is what you should do at the scene:
- Remain calm: you will be in the best mindset to make safe and smart decisions if you remain calm.
- Determine if anyone is injured: first, assess whether you are injured and then ask other involved whether they are injured.
- Call for help: if anyone is injured, call for help immediately. Even if everyone appears to be okay, call police so they can investigate the accident and assist.
- Stay safe: turn on your hazard lights, and if possible, move vehicles to a safe location away from traffic.
- Collect information: ask other drivers, passengers, and witnesses for contact information. For other drivers, write down their addresses, contact information, license plate numbers, automobile insurance companies, and policy numbers. For passengers and witnesses, ask for their contact information. If you are able, take photos of all vehicles involved and the scene generally.
- Cooperate with police: when police and other first-responders arrive, follow all their instructions and provide them with all information they ask for.
- Do not admit fault: if asked, tell police and others what happened to the best of your recollection, but do not make any statements that admit fault—stick to the facts and allow police, and eventually your lawyer, to investigate and figure out who was to blame.
- Contact Mike: if you have been injured in an auto accident, contact Mike Rafi so he can evaluate your case and help you recover.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU LEAVE THE SCENE
What you do after you leave the accident scene is also very important. This is what you should remember:
- Assess any injuries and go to your doctor: many times, people do not know or realize they are injured until well after the collision. If you realize you were injure and are feeling pain as a result, go to your doctor immediately and receive treatment. Your doctor will write down everything you say about how you feel and what you think the cause of the injury was, so be precise with your language when you speak to your doctor.
- Do what your doctor says. Follow your doctor’s instructions, including getting necessary tests, completing treatment, and seeing specialists. If you are not feeling better, go back to your doctor and explain how you feel.
- Take pictures of your injuries.
- Contact Mike before you speak to any insurance companies, give any statements, or go to traffic court.
- Contact your insurance company: you are responsible for reporting an accident to your insurance company. Importantly, all you must do is report the accident and provide the basic details—where the accident occurred and who was involved. You should not and do not need to provide your insurance company a statement or detailed account of the accident or your injuries right after the wreck.
- Do not write on social about the collision, the other driver, your injuries, your doctors, or anything else that could be used against you.