What to do if you’ve been in a car accident

The fact that you are reading this means that your car accident is behind you. However, you might be researching information for a friend or a family member or even yourself after the fact. Or, you might be looking for information in case you are in an injury accident. You should find this advice helpful. Depending how severe your injuries are, you may or may not be able to follow all of this advice.
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What to do

  1. Take care of yourself to prevent further injury. Help the other driver, even if the accident is their fault. Do not get into an argument.
  2. Make sure that everyone is safe and that no further injury will occur. This means that you may need to move vehicles to the side of the road if possible, set up flares or warning devices and turn on hazard lights. Help other motorists get away from their cars in case an unaware driver runs into the accident.
  3. Call 9-1-1. You will want and need a police report. Let the police know you are injured and to send a medic. Use the words “injury accident” and tell the 9-1-1 operator that medical help is needed. Inform the police of everything you can remember about the accident and how it happened. This will all go into the police report.
  4. Exchange information with the other drivers including:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Driver’s license numbers
    • Make and model of vehicle
    • License plate number
    • Insurance company name, policy number and contact number
  5. Obtain witness information. Write down any admission of fault the other driver might make.
  6. Use your camera cell phone to take pictures of your vehicle and other vehicles, if possible.
  7. Take an ambulance to the hospital if it is offered.
  8. If you are not taken to the hospital, contact your physician and be seen as soon as possible. Often adrenalin kicks in and you may not feel like you need medical attention , but sometimes, as in the case of head trauma, time can be critical.
  9. Report your accident to your insurance company.
  10. Contact a personal injury attorney who can make sure your rights are protected. A personal injury attorney, can obtain the police report and interview witnesses and can work with insurance companies so you are fully compensated for your damages.

What not to do

  1. Don’t get angry or into a fight
  2. Don’t decline medical treatment
  3. Don’t talk to claims adjusters before you know the full extent of your damages
  4. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle
  5. Don’t admit guilt or fault.
  6. Don’t settle privately with the person who hit you or not file a police report.
  7. Don’t pay a traffic ticket if you were not at fault.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with offices in Seattle and Bellevue. With more than 30 years experience in representing car accident victims and their families, we will work tirelessly to insure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your damages.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or e-mail attorney@hgfarber.com.