Car accidents happen when you least expect them and they can happen within a moment's
notice. One second you are driving to pick your child up from school and
the next, you could be in an ambulance on your way to the hospital. Unfortunately,
even if you are a cautious and careful driver, your day could be turned
upside down due to the negligence and carelessness of another driver.
Motor vehicle accidents can be traumatic and they could leave you feeling
overwhelmed. We are here to remind you that you are not alone and you
don't have to navigate the
personal injury process on your own. In fact, dealing with the insurance companies is
probably the last thing you want to do if you are suffering with a car
accident injury. If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile
accident, then contact our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer here at
Clemens Blair Kitch to find out what to do next. In the meantime, here is a list of helpful
tips of what to do after a car accident.
Try to stay calm and collected- If you take out your anger or frustration on the other driver or drivers
involved, it will only stir up unnecessary conflict. It is also important
for you wellbeing that you take it easy, especially until you are examined
by a doctor for any possible injuries.
Don't discuss the issue of fault in detail- Before you talk with your attorney, it is important that you talk about
the case on a limited basis, only discussing the facts with the police
and insurance companies. You should not start throwing out blame and if
you think it was your fault, do not tell that to anyone at the scene of
the accident. You should also refrain from signing any formal documents
before speaking with your car accident lawyer, unless it is for police business.
Call 911 and notify the police of the accident- It is very important that you call in the accident and alert officials,
especially if someone has been injured. You should always call an ambulance
just to be on the safe side. Even if the accident was minor, by calling
the police you can be sure that a police report will be filed and that
can be used as evidence in case you need to file a lawsuit.
Pull over out of the way of traffic- Many additional injuries happen after people pull over after an accident.
If you are not in a safe, low-traffic area, you always run the risk of
an oncoming car hitting someone as you are outside your vehicle inspecting
the damage. Be sure that your cars are in a safe place out of the way
Put your hazard lights on- When you are stopped on the side of the road, you need to do everything
to protect yourself and alert other drivers as to what is going on. By
putting on your hazard lights people will know to slow down and exercise caution.
Be sure to get the other driver's information- Get the name, registration and insurance information from the other driver(s)
involved in the accident. If the name of the driver does not match the
car's registration, then be sure to ask them how they are related
to that person. You can also check to make sure they have an active driver's license.
Take pictures of any vehicle or property damage- In order to preserve all the evidence before it is wipe out, take pictures
both your vehicle and the scene of the accident. Look for skid marks on
the asphalt and any areas of impact that can help you prove your case.
You should also document your injuries and seek immediate medical attention.
Take down notes regarding the accident- Write down everything that you remember while it is still fresh in your
mind. This way your story doesn't change over time. You should also
see if there were any witnesses who saw the accident happen- if so, you
should write down their testimonies of what they saw.
Make sure that your insurance company is notified- You Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer can handle this portion. Our
legal team can inform them of the accident and give them any information
that they need. It is always best if you refrain from giving a formal
statement, because insurance companies could twist your words around and
try to ruin your chances of obtaining compensation.
If you would like to schedule a
free consultation with our Oklahoma City car accident attorney,
contact Clemens Blair Kitch today!