At the end of a glorious beach weekend with a couple of friends, the three of you are heading back to your rental cottage. The rural road is dark and suddenly another car appears, going way too fast, and has crossed over the center line of the highway. The driver overcompensates by turning the wheel sharply to the left, and in a sickening blur, the car shoots up an embankment before rolling over on its way back down. You end up in the hospital with broken bones and a painful recovery ahead. A skilled auto accident attorney will be able to help you during the time after your accident. Keep reading to learn more.
What to Do in an Auto Accident
If you are injured in an auto accident, you should get the immediate medical attention you need. Ask your lawyer, if available, or a friend to represent you at the scene and do the following:
- Get the contact information of others involved
- Obtain insurance information from the other driver
- Ask witnesses what they saw, and note their names and phone numbers
- Take photos of the vehicles, the scene and any contributing factors, such as road obstructions
- File a police report or obtain the number of a report in progress
- Call an auto accident attorney on your behalf
Also, it is important to remain as neutral as possible and not assign blame at this point since that could lead to a shouting match. It is equally critical not to make any admission of fault until you reach a settlement with the liable party or have your day in court.
As soon as possible, call your own auto insurance carrier to submit a claim. Explain the circumstances leading up to the incident, and offer the contact information for the others involved, including the witnesses. The claim adjuster will consult with the other driver’s insurer and get back to you. Do not accept a settlement offer until you can speak with an auto accident attorney.