What To Do At The Scene Of An Accident... Part 2
In a previous article, we recounted the steps you should take at the scene of an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident in which you've sustained a personal injury. Followed correctly, these steps will go a long way in ensuring that the accident scene and your injuries are well documented and your rights are protected. The attorneys of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC would like to remind you of a few simple additional tips that, if put into practice at the scene of an accident, will go even further in making certain that a full and accurate accounting of the incident is on the record.
Tip number one for today... document the damage! Hard as it is to believe, many accident victims don't make sure that photos of the damage to their vehicle are taken at the scene of the accident. Always make certain that photos are taken prior to having repairs done. Once this is done, you or your attorney can contact your insurance carrier about beginning repairs. Remember also that if the accident was not your fault and you don't want to facilitate repairs through your own carrier, you have the right to go through the at fault party's insurance company.
Following an accident there are parties you should cooperate with, the primary one being the police of course. There are also parties you should avoid speaking with, and it's vital that you know who they are. Simply put, avoid speaking with anyone but your attorney, members of his staff, or his or her investigator regarding the accident or your case. This includes even your own insurance company, as your attorney may wish to be present for those conversations. There is a likelihood that you may be approached by outside parties regarding your case. If so, immediately inquire as to who they represent. If they aren't a part of your legal team, then zip it.
It's no secret that the immediate aftermath of an accident can be chaotic, emotion filled, and frightening. If you've sustained an injury of any sort, this can only add to the chaos. Still, it is important to keep your wits about you and proceed in a fashion that benefits you. By following the steps outlined in these articles, and by seeking the representation of an experienced accident attorney, you'll go a long way in securing the outcome you deserve.