Now that the holiday season is upon us we all have to drive a little slower, leave a little earlier, and watch the road a little better. No one wants to be involved in an auto accident; however, it happens all the time. It’s always go to know what to do in those first 24 hours after an accident.
The following are a few good tips to ensure that you receive the best care while reducing your liability:
1.) Make sure you and the other diver move to a safe spot and call 911 if anyone is seriously injured. If the accident is minor you can move the cars off the roadway yourself, or wait for the tow truck once the police arrive. Remember, you only have 24 hours after the accident to notify the police and make a claim.
2.) Make sure everyone involved is alright and obtain the other driver’s relevant information. Do not admit fault, it may be used against you in court if the case is brought against you. You should exchange the following information:
• Phone Number
• Email Address
• Make, Model, and Year of the car
• License Plate Number
• Insurance Company
• Insurance Policy Number
• Copy of the Police Report
3.) Look for witnesses at the site and get all relevant information (Such as Name, Phone Number, Address) because you will likely not be able to speak with them again.
4.) Check your surroundings. Look for any skid marks, glass, etc. to document what has happened and take as many photos as possible of the damage to your car, the location of the accident, the people involved, or any other evidence that exists in the surroundings.
5.) Get medical help as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you are hurt, as you could have serious internal injuries that you are not immediately aware of. Most injuries from minor auto accidents are due to whiplash or other soft tissue injuries and may not show up for several hours (or even days) after the accident. If you are asked by anyone (such as the police, your insurance company, etc) at the accident site if you are injured, you should say you don’t know but you will see a specialist- like our doctors here at the Chiro Studio- for a complete evaluation.
6.) Report the accident to your insurance company and file your claim. If you have been injured, you should also call an attorney, as the insurance adjuster is not likely to represent you. Keeping their costs down is their main goal, whereas your attorney is pain to represent your interests.
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