If your car is drivable, move it to the side of the road to avoid backing up traffic or causing another accident. If your car is badly wrecked, turn on your emergency flashers and remain in your vehicle until help arrives.
Once you and your vehicle are in a safe place, you can begin exchanging information with the other drivers. You will want to get names, drivers’ license numbers, phone numbers and addresses of all drivers involved. It may also be helpful to get the names and contact information of any passengers or witnesses of the accident. Remember, you will have to give your information to the other drivers as well.
Write down the color, make, model, year, license plate number and registered owner for all vehicles involved. If you can, take photos of the damage to your car and the other vehicles. Take photos of the accident scene and document the location, weather and road conditions. If police come to the scene, get their information and ask where your insurance company will be able to obtain a police report.
Lastly, you’ll want to contact your insurance company regarding the accident. Do not immediately assume it was your fault. It is important to let your insurance professional determine who was at fault.
An accident can be costly, especially if you were injured. If you have been injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case.
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