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Do you know what to do following a car accident?


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 28, 2015 in Car Accidents

Car accidents are a possibility every time one takes to the road in an automobile. Despite this, it is possible that many do not know what steps they should take following a crash. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident what you do following it can have an impact in both criminal as well as civil court. In this post we will cover the things that should be done after a motor vehicle accident occurs besides contacting the police and your insurance company and filing an accident report.

While waiting for the police to arrive it may be a good idea to review the accident in your head. This can help to make sure you recall all of the details that could be relevant later. If you have a phone that will allow you to make a recording, record the information and listen to it to help jog your memory. The phone’s recorder could also be used to record the conversation you have with the police officer once he or she gets there. Later you can compare to make sure the information recorded on the police report matches the recording. If necessary, changes to that report can be made.

In addition to collecting your thoughts it is also a good idea to document your physical surroundings. Using the camera on your cellphone to do this should not take too much time. Even just taking photos of your surroundings from your car provides a record of where the vehicles involved were situated before they are moved.

When the police arrive don’t worry about being the first party to talk with them. In fact, it may be advantageous to wait for them to come to you. The first party to approach may be deemed to be the one to blame. When you do speak with them, answer their questions in a calm and factual manner and share your photos.

We all hope that we will not be involved in a car accident while driving. Should it happen however, it is important to know the best way to proceed. It could prove to be helpful should a lawsuit arise or there be any question regarding liability.

Source: Yahoo Autos/Motoramic, “The five big steps you should take after a car accident,? Steven Lang, January 21, 2015