What to do if Injured in an Auto Accident
Important steps after an injury from a Bucks County auto accident
If a car crash happens to you, do not become one of the thousands who allow more harm to come to them after the accident. This guide may help you prepare mentally for an accident. Doing so may help you respond cogently and wisely during and after an auto accident in Bucks County.
Steps to protecting yourself, your rights, and your finances after a car crash
If you are involved in an auto accident, our Bucks County auto accident attorneys recommend that you not leave the accident scene without taking these precautionary steps.
Step 1—Keep it cool
Accidents are emotionally shocking, always catching the victims off-guard. When it happens, take a few deep breaths to help you stay as calm and cool as possible and to think clearly. Clear thinking allows you to pay attention to details that are important later.
Step 2—Do not confess or blame
Do not lay blame. Likewise, resist the tendency that naturally kind people often have to accept blame when something goes wrong. As Bucks County auto accident lawyers, we often see that car crash information later surfaces revealing other drivers or factors at fault in the accident. Volunteering blame at the scene can negatively affect your lawsuit.
Step 3—Exchange info
Always get names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, car registration information, and insurance policy information of any other drivers involved. Also make note of the make, model, year, and license plate of other vehicle(s) involved.
Step 4—Look for witnesses
Sometimes, you have to work fast to get witnesses because a witness may drive off when they see that the police or paramedics have arrived to take charge. If people saw the accident, your Bucks County auto accident attorney may need them to testify on your behalf. Ask for names and contact information.
Step 5—Wait for police
Do not leave the scene of the accident until police arrive. Write down or ask for the officer’s badge number and the location to get a copy of the accident report.
Step 6—Diagram the event
While everything is fresh in your mind, sketch out what exactly happened from your point of view. This might include where your car and other vehicles involved were before, during, and after the crash. Also note such details as any skid marks, strewn glass or car parts, the location of any crosswalks involved, and any damage caused in the crash to property, such as the pavement, sidewalk, a divider, signs, or utility poles at the scene.
Step 7—Visually capture the facts
If your cell phone has a camera or video recording feature, as many do, use it to photograph or capture video of any damage to your vehicle or to other vehicles. Record the accident location and get images of any resulting personal injuries.
When to get help from auto accident attorneys in Bucks County
As soon as possible after an accident with injuries, contact Paul Weber, a Bucks County auto accident lawyer. When it is possible, your attorney may come to the accident location right away and therefore directly assist you in capturing important auto accident injury and crash information—details that others may overlook, but may help your Bucks County auto accident lawsuit.
For legal help with your auto accident lawsuit, call 888-894-1699, or contact the law office of Paul R. Weber
online today with any questions.