If you are ever involved in an accident, there are certain things you should absolutely do, and some things you should absolutely not do. These things are extremely important, not just for your well-being, but also to help you should a claim need to be filed, regardless of the type of accident.
DO seek medical attention immediately if you need it. This is the most important thing.
DO call the police. It is critical to get a police report.
DO get the names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information and license plate numbers of every party involved in the accident.
DO get the name and address of the animal’s owner and any license information if you were injured by an animal bite or attack. Also, make sure to note the breed of animal and take pictures of the animal if possible.
DO get the names, addresses and phone numbers of every witness to the accident.
DO contact your own insurance company. That could include your auto insurance, your medical insurance or even, in some situations, your homeowner’s insurance.
DO take photographs of the accident. If it is an auto accident, take pictures of the vehicles and any visible injuries. If it is a slip and fall, take pictures of whatever caused the slip. If it is a dog bite, take pictures of the dog, the injuries and the area.
DO take detailed notes of what happened. Make sure you include every thought, feeling and impression you have. Include what you saw, heard, felt, smelled and experienced. Make notes of what happened before, during and after the accident.
DO contact Bailey & Galyen.
DON’T move your vehicle after an automobile accident unless necessary for safety or required by law. Many cities now require that you move your vehicle from a roadway if possible.
DON’T leave the scene of an accident until the police tell you it is okay to do so.
DON’T dispose of anything that might be evidence. This evidence could include car parts, bloodstained clothes or anything else that might help an investigator. It is better to collect more than you need and not use it than to not have something that would help your claim.
DON’T engage in discussions as to fault with anyone, and make sure you don’t apologize for anything it can be considered evidence that you were legally at fault.
DON’T agree to settlement terms without contacting your attorney.
If you follow this simple list of Do’s and Don’ts, you will be better able to help us, your attorneys, when you are ready to file your claim.
And, as always, if in doubt, call us.