When you are involved in a car crash, it is easy to panic or to forget to do important things that can help you after the dust settle. There are many instances where a victim can have poor judgment at the scene of an auto accident. A few moments spent taking precautionary steps can significantly increase your ultimate monetary recovery when you file a personal injury lawsuit.
5 Things to Do at the Scene of an Accident
1) Take down as much information as possible.
There is no such thing as having too much information at a car crash scene. You should have as much information as possible on every person who was involved or was a potential witness. At a minimum, you need names, addresses, phone numbers, and license plate numbers as well as the make and model of any vehicle involved. You should also collect insurance information and photos of the damage.
2) Ask for medical assistance.
If there is the slightest chance you were injured in any way, ask for medical assistance. The police will record your refusal of medical services on the accident report. This could come back to haunt you if you later claim that you were injured.
3) Gather information.
Record the names and badge numbers of police officers and the names and contact information of witnesses.
4) Do not move your car.
Unless you are in danger, do not move your car from the spot where the accident happened until you are told to do so by the police.
5) Call a personal injury lawyer.
The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner he or she can begin collecting evidence on your behalf.
Learn more about what to do after an auto accident.
If you have been the victim of a car accident, JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLP,Toronto Personal Injury Lawyers are ready to help you win your personal injury case and recover compensation for your injuries, including your medical costs and lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering.