Ten Auto Collision Tips

If you are in an collision, there are certain steps you should take to preserve your rights. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Safety - Stay calm and protect yourself, your passengers and your car. Call the Police, if anyone is hurt, call for an ambulance. Do not leave the scene of the accident.

  2. Immediate Medical Attention - If you or any involved party has significant symptoms, do not hesitate to visit the emergency room. Have your auto insurance and health insurance cards available.

  3. Exchange Information - Exchange address, phone number, drivers license, registration and motor vehicle insurance information. Be sure to get information on the driver and the owner.

  4. Injured Parties - Obtain information on all injured parties including passengers. Ask each for their names, address, phone number, date of birth and type of injury.

  5. Vehicles - List the vehicles involved, including the manufacturer, type of vehicle, name of vehicle, color and license plate number. Take note of any visible damage.

  6. Report the Collision - Report the accident to the police. Obtain a copy of the police report. Also report the accident to your insurance company immediately. Cooperate with your insurance copmany at all times.

  7. Draw a Diagram - Include the major streets and intersections that were involved in the accident. The posistion and direction of each car is also important.

  8. Witnesses - Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any people who saw the accident but were not involved.

  9. Photographs - If possible, take photos of the crash site after all injuries are dealt with. It may also be in your best interest to have pictures of the vehicle from before the accident. Be sure to take pictures of any injuries as well.

  10. Counsel - Seek the advice of someone who has been in a collision and/or an attorney on what steps to take next. Most attorneys provide a free initial consultation at which time you can obtain information and ask questions.