WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT.
OK, so you have now been involved in a car wreck. What do you do now?
Try to clear your head and figure out exactly what happened. What were you doing just before the crash?
What street were you on, and in what direction were you headed? When did the other driver enter into the picture?You’ll need to have a consistent and accurate account of the wreck to give to police and insurance providers. You may even find yourself telling this story several times. When you have an opportunity, write it down so you don’t forget.
Generally, you’ll need to get:
- The other driver’s name, address, insurance company name and policy number.
- The make, model and color of the vehicle they were driving as well. Don’t forget to write down the other vehicle’s license plate number, too.
- Were there any witnesses? If so, get their names and phone numbers.
- Take some pictures of the crash site, photos come in handy during the claims process.
While the car wreck was probably traumatic and difficult enough, the hardest part often comes after.That’s why it’s important to follow up on everything that needs to be taken care of. This can sometimes include getting legal and medical advice.
First of all, were you injured in the wreck? Have you had pain or persistent health problems since it happened? If so, you need to seek medical attention. You may also want to get in touch with a lawyer if you think you’re facing big medical bills. And if another driver is threatening legal action against you, you’ll probably need to get a lawyer of your own.
Call Mike Broussard for assistance finding a doctor. Mike Broussard can also assist you in
finding a reputable body shop to get your automobile repaired. Remember, you decide who will fix your car, not the insurance company.
Preparation BEFORE an automobile accident:
1. Keep the following items in your car:
a) Proof of insurance.
b) A camera for taking photos of the wreck. Most cell phones today are equipped with a camera.
c) Phone numbers of local law enforcement. Store the number in your cell phone.
d) A first aid kit. You never know when you may need it.