With the large volume of traffic on the roads and highways, automobile accidents are bound to happen. More than 2.35 million people are injured, disabled or killed in automobile accidents every year in the United States. When you are injured in an automobile accident, below is a list of things to do to help protect your rights:
- Call the police. The police should prepare a report containing the details of the accident. The police report is an important document in the claims process.
- Do not move your vehicle before the police arrive. It is important for the police to see the exact condition of the vehicles involved in the accident.
- Exchange information with the other driver, including his or her name and address, the vehicle plate number, as well as information regarding the insurance company.
- Do not discuss the accident with anyone except your insurance agent or your lawyer.
- Do not admit fault for the accident.
- Take photographs of the accident scene, including damages to both vehicles as well as the position of the vehicles on the road.
- Get names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Seek medical help even if your injuries are minor.
- Call your own insurance company and inform them about the accident.
- Do not accept quick settlement offers from the insurer of the other vehicle. You may be entitled to much more compensation than the insurance company is willing to offer you.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case and help you file a claim. An attorney will help you understand your legal rights before accepting a settlement offer.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, the experienced, skilled and knowledgeable car accident attorneys at Dervishi Law Group, P.C., can help you. We know how to effectively deal with automobile accident claims and can help you with your claim. To speak with us, call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.