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After an Auto Accident, what should you do next?
By: Maricon Williams, Sat Jul 29th, 2006
Accident comes in the most unexpected manner. All of a sudden,
you will just feel the collision of another vehicle into yours.
You hear the screech of the tires and the driver instantly loses
his control. Your adrenalin soars with your temper. Youíre hurt
and aching. Youíre fearful at the same time confused. One
question revolves around your brain Ė what shall I do next?
When confronted with this dilemma, the first thing that you
should do is to help the injured and to avert extra injury. If
necessary, you can park your car in a safe location to keep away
from further accident. Another, you can warn other drivers about
said collision by using flares and hazard lights. You can call
911, if you have seen casualties. If you have suffered serious
injuries, seek assistance from people around. You can ask them
to take you to the nearest hospital, if it is necessary to your
condition. Cooperate with the police and paramedics to make the
situation easy and manageable.
In collisions like this, it is advisable to gather evidence. You
can jot down the names, contact numbers and addresses of both
the drivers involved and the witnesses to the accident. Take
note also of the driverís license and insurance information of
the drivers. You can also ask the witnesses to cooperate fully
with the police. Furthermore, you can ask for a copy of the
police report. Another addition to your compilation of evidence
is photographs. You can take pictures of damaged vehicles
involved in the accident you can also record other vital
information in connection to the collision. Medical certificates
are also necessary in proving the injury, thus, it is advisable
to get one if you sought medical attendance.
If someone was injured in the accident or if it involves a
vehicle amounting to more than $500, you should report the same
to the Department of Motor Vehicles in a period of not less than
10 days. Report should also be made to insurance companies. You
must also institute a claim against the other driverís insurance
company for damages.
In connection with the claim, bear in mind that it is
advantageous to seek a personal injury attorney to make the
process easy and smooth-flowing. An experienced personal injury
lawyer can help you yield fair compensation regarding your loss.
If the insurance company does not like to compensate you, then,
the personal injury lawyer can aggressively pursue a suit on
your behalf in order for you to get the right compensation.
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