Auto Accident Steps

If you are involved in an auto accident, there are important steps to take to ensure that your claim is properly handled.  The steps below will better assist you and your attorney (if you seek representation) in presenting a claim for damages suffered as a result of the accident.

Remain at the scene of the accident.

Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense and you could face criminal charges, especially if the accident has caused serious injuries or death to another person.

Call the Police.

Call the local authorities so an official report can be documented, and emergency responders dispatched (if necessary). Although, in minor accidents, you might not think that calling the Police is necessary, having a police report containing statements, witnesses, and other important details will help justify your claims should the at-fault party, or anyone else, change their “story” in the future. Also, the police officer, and the report, will provide you with most of the important information needed, which is listed below. Make sure you receive a copy of the accident exchange form or, at minimum, the report number. If your accident occurred on private property (i.e., a parking lot, business center, mall, etc.), the Police may decline to come to the scene. If this happens, make sure you follow, and document, the information contained in the steps below.

Make sure you, your passengers, and people in the other vehicles are safe.

After assessing your physical well-being, if you are able to move, check on the passengers and people in the other vehicle(s). If a person is unconscious, has a head injury, or complains of neck or back pain, do not move them until medical personnel arrives on scene unless leaving them where they are creates a greater risk of harm. If the vehicles are operable and in a congested area, move the vehicles to the side of the road if it is safe to do so.

Exchange information with the other driver.

Obtain the names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, and insurance information from all drivers involved in the accident. If there are passengers in the other vehicles, obtain their names, phone numbers, and addresses. While speaking with the other driver(s), do not make any statements of fault or apologize. Any small statement, no matter how innocent or good willed, can be used against you in a dispute for liability.

Speak with Witnesses.

Ask bystanders what he/she observed in relation to the accident. Get their names, phone numbers, email, or any other contact information.

Take Pictures of the Vehicles.

Take photographs of all the vehicle involved, including license plate numbers. In addition, take photographs of the positioning of the vehicles and general area of the accident if possible, prior to moving the vehicles if possible. Again, do not exit the vehicle if it is unsafe to do so.

Call your Insurance.

Call your insurance to report the accident. Answer any questions and try to make concise statements regarding the details of the accident.

Seek Medical Attention.

Even if your involved in a minor accident, it is always a good idea to visit a medical professional (Urgent Care, Hospital, Primary Care Physician) as soon as possible. Many injuries may not be noticeable immediately after an accident. Your adrenaline and the intense traumatic circumstances associated with an auto accident can mask certain pain and effects of your injuries. In many cases, the pain and discomfort may not manifest until hours, or even days, after the accident. Keep a record of all medical providers and treatments received related to the auto accident.

DO NOT Discuss Details of the Accident with Anyone.

Do not talk about the accident or your injuries with anyone other than your attorney or the investigating officer. Do not post details about the accident or your injuries on any social media outlets. Most importantly, do not provide a recorded statement to the insurance company unless authorized by your attorney.
Most importantly, if you are in an automobile accident, please contact the Collins Law Team @ (602) 429-9487 for legal representation.  Our Team will help ease the burden of dealing with the insurance companies and handle your claim/case with care and importance.  Our Team will make sure that you are receiving the proper medical treatment, ensure that your rights are protected, and guarantee that you are treated fairly by the adverse party/insurance.

P.O. Box 7153
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 602.429.9487
Fax: 623.248.6130