Monday, December 6, 2010

Car Accident Scene Tips

If you have been in an accident and aren't sure what you should do next, this list provides general guidelines to observe following your collision so that all your bases are covered and you document all the information you will need. Especially if someone else is responsible for your accident, you will want to make sure that you have documented the accident as thoroughly as possible to increase the chances of securing the compensation you deserve from the party responsible for your accident.

First, you will have to actually stop your vehicle if anyone was injured or any property damaged during the incident. If you don't stop, complicated legal situations could arise. As such, it is best to ALWAYS stop following a collision and check for any damages.
Next, you should help anyone who was injured insofar as you are able. However, don't attempt to physically relocate any injured persons unless they are in danger of being injured further in their current position.
Be sure to dial 911 so that first responders can get to the scene as quickly as possible.

When is it OK to leave the scene?

Also, don't exit the accident area until police officers have arrived and given you the go ahead to leave.

Before you leave, make sure to document everyone who was at the accident scene including their personal information, such as:

Phone number
Vehicle license plate numbers
Vehicle make and model information
Insurance company and insurance policy number

It is also important to be careful about what you say at the time of the accident. You don't want the other party to use what you say against you in the future to try and hold you responsible for causing the accident.

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