Unfortunately, automobile accidents are a fact of life. Congested roads leave little room for driver error. Electronic devices are playing an ever greater role in driver distraction. Vehicles are faster than ever.
If you are injured in an automobile accident it is important to make sure you have someone PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS. Insurance company representatives may contact you, offer concern, and offer to settle your case for a low ball offer. We advise that you thank them kindly for their concern, take their telephone number, and call us IMMEDIATELY at The Speier Law Firm, LLC (301) 468-5657.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN AUTO ACCIDENT
Here are some tips to follow if you are in an accident:
Failure to stop when involved in a motor vehicle accident can result in criminal liability. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident you need to stop, no matter how minor the accident may be. If possible, stop your vehicle at the point nearest the accident scene without obstructing traffic more than necessary.
2. RENDER AID
If anyone appears to be injured you need to:
1. Render first aid to the extent you are qualified;
2. Avoid moving anyone if possible;
3. Attempt to stop any observed bleeding;
4. Call 911.
3. PROTECT THE SCENE AND THOSE INVOLVED FROM FURTHER DAMAGE OR INJURY
If the accident has obstructed the roadway, take measures to adequately warn approaching drivers. If the highway is obstructed at night, illuminate the accident scene if possible. Use the warning flashers that are standard equipment on most vehicles.
4. CALL THE POLICE
Police officers are trained first responders with expertise in accident investigation. Police officers will secure the accident scene and make sure all parties are protected from further injury. In cases of serious accidents, police officers will investigate the accident. Their findings may be invaluable in establishing the cause of the accident.
5. GATHER INFORMATION AND WRITE IT DOWN
Do not trust your memory. Write down the facts, including the names and addresses of witnesses; skid mark and distance measurements; and the names, addresses and license plate numbers of the drivers involved.
If you are capable, take photographs of the accident scene with your cell phone camera.
Participants in automobile accidents are required by law to exhibit their driver’s licenses and provide their vehicle registration numbers, insurance carriers, insurance policy numbers, and names and addresses of their local insurance agents to each driver involved in the accident. Below is a handy form to help you collect the appropriate information.
Name(s) and Address(es) of Driver(s): _________________________________________
License Plat Number(s): ____________________________________________________
Insurance Carrier(s): _______________________________________________________
Policy Number(s): _________________________________________________________
Name(s) and Address(es) of Agent(s): _________________________________________
Name(s) and Address(es) of Witness(es): _______________________________________
Skid Mark Measurements: __________________________________________________
Distance Measurements: ____________________________________________________
6. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY
Do not admit fault even if you think the accident was your fault. You may discover later that the other driver was equally or more at fault. Statements made during the excitement of an accident may be misconstrued or later misquoted by others. Discuss the accident only with the investigating officer and your attorney.
7. SEE YOUR DOCTOR
Serious injuries do not always result in immediate pain or bloodshed. Consult a doctor or hospital if there is the slightest chance you may be injured.
8. CONSULT THE SPEIER LAW FIRM, LLC PROMPTLY
If you were injured call The Speier Law Firm, LLC at (301) 468-5657. Our attorneys will advise you and help protect your rights.
Please be sure to get our expert advice before giving any interviews or statements, especially to representatives of any insurance company.