I Was Just In A Car Accident … What Should I Do?
Getting in a car accident can be a scary experience that leaves many people uncertain about what to do in the immediate aftermath. The first step is to call 911 so that the appropriate emergency personnel can be dispatched. Having the police respond will also ensure that an official report will be filed—a document that will be important if you need to file a claim for bodily injury.
While you wait for the police or other emergency responders to arrive, do not discuss who’s at fault with the other driver. Instead, make note of the following information:
- Location of the accident (specific street names/intersection)
- Make, color, and license plate number of the vehicle that hit you
- Trade license and insurance information with the other driver
- Note if the other driver had passengers in their vehicle
- Take notice of which police department responds to the accident
If you don’t have a pen and paper with you, take pictures with your phone. It’s also important to take pictures of the damage to your car, the other vehicle, and any property around the accident that was part of the collision.
If you’re injured, it’s very important that you seek medical treatment immediately. Be sure to inform the medical provider that you were involved in a car accident.
Knowing whether you should bring a lawsuit for injuries that you sustained in a car accident is a complicated decision that requires investigation and professional judgment. Call or text Segar & Sciortino at (585) 475-1100 and let one of our experienced attorneys guide you through the process to ensure that you make the decision that’s in your best interest.