What To Do If You Are in an Accident
- Call law enforcement.
- Get information from the other driver, pedestrians and witnesses. Record their names, addresses, license and license plate numbers, phone numbers and anything else you think relevant.
- Even if you are not obviously injured, seek medical help as soon as possible. Some injuries may seem minor or be invisible until days or weeks after an accident.
- If you can, take pictures immediately. Use your Blackberry, cell phone or camera. It is important to obtain a picture of the scene as soon as possible so that fragile evidence can be preserved. The more pictures the better.
- Keep a written record of your symptoms and pains after the accident. Also record whether and when you went to the doctor, when you were able to work and whether the accident affected your ability to handle the chores of daily living.
- Talk with an attorney as soon as possible following your accident.
- Do not speak to the other party's insurance company.
- If possible, try to defer speaking to a police officer until after speaking with a lawyer.
- Do not accept a settlement offer from the other party's insurance company before speaking with an attorney.
If you follow the advice above after an accident, you are putting yourself in a strong position to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries, lost wages and property damage. An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can tell you how to proceed after an accident and help you seek compensation for your losses such as wages, medical expenses and damage to your vehicle. A personal injury lawyer can also help you adhere to deadlines and time limits for state and federal accident claims.
Remember, in most instances, you have three years in which to file a lawsuit for damages.
If you have questions about what to do if you are in an accident, contact the Cambridge law firm of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry. Call 617-494-1920. We undertake injury cases on a contingency basis, charging no fee until we recover damages on your behalf.