Top 10 Car Accident Check List
Many of you have seen John Foy on TV over the years, you know he has seen literally thousands of car accident victims. So many times the person in the accident was so shaken or upset that they failed to follow a few steps that would have been very valuable to them later. These steps, if followed, can make a HUGE difference both from health standpoint and a monetary standpoint should this accident need legal help later. Therefore John Foy and Associates put together a top 10 Car Accident Check List. This list may seem a bit oversimplified in some areas, but when were shaken up after a car accident it is so easy to forget some of these points that could be so important to remember. Please feel free to copy this page of our website and use in your car or glove box should you or any member of your family be unfortunate enough to find yourself in an accident. Young drivers especially need some type of accident check list for them to follow in their vehicles. It is our hope that none of you ever need this check list but we have seen far too often the consequences of not having one.
If you are in an accident, stop your car and, if possible, move to the side of the road.
- Stay Calm
Alright, this one might be easier said than done, however remaining calm is essential in being able to accurately assess and handle the realities of the situation.
- Do Not Take Responsibility
This might be the most important thing to remember if you are in an accident. Never say that you are at fault, accept responsibility for the accident, agree to pay any damages, sign any papers or in no way insinuate that the accident was caused by you. Assigning fault is your insurance company’s job.
- Call 911
Call the police. Let them handle the interaction between you and other drivers, take down witnesses statements and start the accident report paperwork. You will need this for your insurance claim.
- Check for intoxication and injuries
Once the police have been called, check yourself for any injuries and then check others involved in the accident. Also check for drunkenness or the possibility of the influence of drugs or medications – prescription or otherwise.
- Take Pictures
You will want to take as many pictures as you can of both vehicles body damage and the area where the accident occurred.
- Exchange Information
After an accident, exchange the following information with other parties involved in the accident: name, address, phone number, email address, insurance company and policy number, driver license number and license plate number.
- Call an experienced attorney
You will want to speak to an attorney who has dealt with thousands of accidents. Experienced attorneys can help you think of many things that could easily be overlooked costing you a lot of money.
- Know What Your Car Insurance Covers
Be well versed in your insurance policy’s coverage long before an accident happens. Specifically you will want to know if your insurance covers the costs of towing and rental cars.
- Be ready to fight for your rights
Car accidents are a fact of life and knowing what to do after a car accident can make a huge difference. Being prepared for all the nuisances and inconveniences that follow a car accident can make the whole path easier to navigate. A good car accident lawyer such as John Foy and Associates can help you through the obstacle course that is a car accident’s aftermath.