Emotions are on a high and severe injuries might be present following a car accident. However, it is important to keep in mind that you still have duties to carry out at the scene of the accident and even afterwards. Here are some of the important things do after a collision:
Do not leave the scene
This is a must. Never leave the scene of the accident until it’s appropriate to do so. Leaving the scene, especially when someone has sustained injuries or worse, died, you will be facing serious criminal charges for being a hit-and-run driver.
Check on all the drivers and passengers involved
Before you assess the damage on the property, make sure that everyone involved in the accident is fine. If there are people who need medical attention, make sure that that’s taken care of. If someone is unconscious, or with neck or back pain, do not move that person until qualified medical personnel arrives. However, if that person is exposed to more danger, you may move the person but do so with care.
Call the police immediately
If there’s any physical injury, death or property damage, call the police right away. A police report should be filed once cops do arrive at the scene. You should take the name and badge numbers of the officers who are present.
Inform your insurance company
Let your insurance company know that you’ve been involved in an accident. Tell them the entire truth, the extent of your injuries, and ask any questions they will ask from you. Make sure that you have facts set straight. If the insurance company finds out that you lied about anything, you will get into serious trouble – this might lead to possible denial coverage for the accident.
Medical treatment documents are important
Be sure to keep a detailed account of the medications and treatments you receive. Note the names of all the doctors, physical therapists and other medical professionals that will be handling you. You may request copies of all medical bills and reports – these will help you in proving your medical expenses later on.
Consider hiring an experienced attorney
If you or someone was injured in the accident, it’s best to hire an experienced attorney. You will get the appropriate help in maximizing your recovery or in defending yourself if you’re the one at fault. Most accident attorneys only receive a fee when you have been awarded damages, or when you receive a settlement – this is also called contingency fee basis.
Be cautious when discussing the accident
Don’t talk to anyone about the accident besides your lawyer, the police, and your insurance company. Don’t talk to a representative of a different insurance company without the knowledge of your insurer or attorney. If the other insurance company does call you, politely tell them to call your insurer or attorney for an interview.
Based in Vaughan, Conte & Associates works with clients in Vaughan and in the surrounding cities of: Thornhill, Woodbridge, Concord, Kleinberg, Maple and Richmond Hill. Contact Conte & Associates at 1-877-614-0008 for your legal needs.