October 28, 2011 by admin
Motor vehicle accidents can happen at any time on the road. Even if you’re driving carefully, someone else’s actions could put you in the middle of an unexpected collision. While you may eventually need the services of a Phoenix car accident attorney, there are important steps to take immediately at the scene of the accident. These steps will help keep everyone involved safe, and will also make it easier to deal with the legal system should criminal charges or a car accident lawsuit arise from the incident.
1) Get Help: The first thing to do after a motor vehicle accident is to contact emergency personnel. Dialing 911 immediately will insure that medical help will arrive as quickly as possible. Don’t assume that bystanders or others involved in the accident have called 911, even if you see them talking on their phones.
2) Attend to the Injured: You should carry an emergency kit in your vehicle’s glove compartment. This kit should include various sizes of bandages, rubber gloves, medical tape and a list of your family members’ medical allergies or conditions to assist paramedics. If you are badly hurt, stay where you are and try to relax. If you are not injured, assess the other people involved in the accident. Don’t move seriously injured victims or allow them to try to move. Calm them and keep them still. Put on gloves for your own protection and use bandages to put pressure on wounds. Stemming serious bleeding could save a life. Follow directions from the 911 operator and know that help will arrive soon.
3) Safety First: You should carry reflector triangles or road flares in your vehicle’s trunk. These should be place on the road to warn approaching traffic about the accident. Vehicles involved in the accident should not be moved before the police arrive.
4) Exchange Information: Don’t discuss details of the accident with other drivers, but do exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information (company name and policy number), driver’s license numbers and license plate numbers. Make notes about any damage to the vehicles involved and photograph the damage if possible.
5) Contact Your Insurance Company: Call your auto insurance company right away and let them know that you’ve been involved in an accident. They will obtain a copy of the police report that is filed. But be cautious about making statements to your insurance company before you’ve talked to an attorney.
As soon as possible after a serious accident, consult with an experienced lawyer like the Mesa auto accident attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC. Skousen, Gulbrandsen and Patience specialize in Arizona personal injury and accident law. For 50 years we have been Arizona’s trusted accident and injury attorneys. Call us for a free consultation at 800-501-2782 or 480-833-8800.
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