If you’ve been in a car accident, there are critical steps you need to take. Stumbling past these steps instead of working through them could mean the difference between receiving compensation or not. If you find yourself on the receiving end of an accident, these critical steps need to happen before contacting your lawyer to guide you through the rest of the case.
After you have been in a car accident, if possible, move the cars to a safe location. If you can’t move the car, turn on your emergency lights so that other drivers know to avoid you. Once you are in a safe location, call 911. Next, check to see if everyone is okay. If someone is injured, let the 911 operator know the severity of the injury and take instructions for what you should do until help gets to you.
As soon as all passengers in the cars are safe be sure to exchange information. You need the insurance and contact information of the other drivers involved in the accident. They will also need your information as well, so offer it up readily.
Be sure you keep your insurance information in your glove compartment. After you have exchanged information, get your phones out and document the scene. Document the weather conditions, the location of lights, stop signs and all traffic control devices. Take pictures of the damage done to both cars.
It is necessary to get a police report after the car accident. If you don’t agree on what occurred in the accident, a police report is vital to your claim. After filing for a police report, get a claim number from your insurance company. Ask your insurance company to guide you throughout the process. If it is necessary, hire a lawyer to help you in the case.
If you have been in an accident in Salt Lake City, or anywhere else in Utah, these steps. If you need other help throughout the process, a lawyer can help you understand the process better. Call Robert J. DeBry & Associates to help with your claim today.