Car wrecks happen. Most of us will be involved in one or more collisions in our lifetimes, but many people don’t know what to do when a wreck occurs. The attorneys at Butler Law Firm have litigated many automobile wrecks—and have even been personally involved in a few—and can provide a few quick pointers about what to do.
First, seek medical attention if you need it. If you’ve been injured in the crash, prompt medical attention can keep things from getting worse. Be aware that some symptoms don’t show up right away—the adrenaline from the wreck can mask symptoms that you’d normally notice. If you or someone in your car has been hurt, the first thing you should do is seek appropriate necessary treatment.
Second, call the police and get a wreck report. Law enforcement offers cannot always determine who was at fault for the collision, but they can write down witnesses’ names and record the other driver’s insurance information. If you’ve been hurt or your car has been damaged, you may need that information later. And don’t be afraid to talk with the officer—he needs to know your side of the story.
Third, take pictures. Many of us carry a smartphone or camera in our cars, and there’s no reason not to use it. Take pictures of damage to your car, debris in the road, skid marks, damage to the other car, license plates, the scene of the wreck, nearby road signs, and any other details that seem important. Take lots of pictures—experienced lawyers know that there are never too many pictures, and you can always delete the ones you don’t need.
Fourth, call your insurance company. Even if the wreck was the other person’s fault, it may be important to notify your insurance company of the collision. Many of us carry “uninsured motorist” or “UM” coverage, and that coverage may be helpful to you even if the wreck was not your fault. In the fine print of their policies, many insurance companies include language that says the insurance company won’t pay you if they don’t receive prompt notice of the wreck, so timeliness can be important. To be on the safe side, notify your insurance company of the wreck—preferably in writing.
Our attorneys have real experience in representing individuals injured on the roads. Our attorneys visit the accident site; we know the experts; and we know the law. Contact us online for a free consultation or call us our lawyers at 404-JUSTICE (404-587-8423).