A car accident can be an incredibly jarring and frightening experience. After a collision, it can be extremely easy to fall into a state of panic and lose control of the situation. It is extremely important that you remain calm and focused in order to control your circumstances. Our firm has put together a list of steps to take after an accident to limit your level of liability and strengthen your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries.
1. Do not flee the scene: The worst thing you can do after an accident is to drive away without stopping to aid the other involved drivers or exchange information. This is known as a “hit and run,” and it can carry harsh legal consequences. After any type of collision, always stop!
2. Render aid: If anyone has been hurt, call an ambulance immediately. Check yourself for injuries, as well as your passengers and anyone in the other involved vehicles. If anyone appears to be seriously injured, do not try to move them. Spinal cord damage and internal bleeding can potentially be worsened by improperly moving an injured person. It is best to leave this to medical professionals.
3. Call the authorities: Calling the police should be your next priority. Law enforcement can control the scene of the accident, move your vehicles to a safe area if possible, and create a police report of the crash. Obtaining a copy of this report will be useful later on when attempting to determine who was at fault for the incident.
4. Calmly exchange information: Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plates, and insurance information of all involved drivers. If there are any witnesses, get their contact information as well.
5. Do not say anything: Other involved drivers may attempt to question you about the accident. It is imperative that you do not say anything that can incriminate you later. Do not say “I am sorry,” “I didn’t see you,” or “I’m not hurt,” as they can nullify your chances of seeking compensation or even be seen as admissions of fault. Only discuss the accident with the police or your attorney.
6. Take photos of the damage: Take pictures of all damage inflicted in the wreck. This includes photographs of all involved vehicles, property damage, skid marks, and photographs of your injuries.
7. Contact a lawyer: An experienced legal professional can represent your interests and help you pursue compensation for your injuries and damage to your property.
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At Bluestein Johnson & Burke, LLC, our firm’s highly skilled Charleston County personal injury attorneys have 40+ years of dedicated legal experience representing car accident victims and can maximize your chances of securing a fair settlement for your injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident in South Carolina, contact our office online or request a consultation today to get started towards pursuing the compensation you deserve.