If you have been in a car crash, the first priority is ensuring your safety. Beyond this, it’s important to take the right steps to protect yourself legally. Maybe you have been hurt and want to file a personal injury claim—or perhaps the other driver will try to blame the incident on you and seek damages of their own. Whatever the case may be, an attorney will advise you to adhere to these do’s and don’ts after a crash.
Call the police.
Always call 911 after a car crash and file a formal police report. This objective rundown of events will be useful if legal issues arise.
Trade details including name, phone number, and insurance information with others involved. If there were witnesses, get their names and numbers. They can testify if you end up in a legal dispute.
Take pictures of all vehicles involved, including the interiors and exteriors. Also, include photos of surroundings relevant to the accident, such as the stop sign that somebody ran.
Get too talkative.
Never admit fault at the scene of an accident. Even something as simple as saying “I’m sorry” can be construed as an admission of guilt.
Neglect to see a doctor.
Always see a health care professional after a car accident, even if you feel fine. Certain ailments, like a concussion, may not present immediate symptoms. Medical reports are a must for personal injury claims.
Hesitate to call an attorney.
If you want to take legal action—for instance, because the crash left you with a disability—an attorney can build a case. Don’t delay, as states have statutes of limitations regarding how long you can wait to file such a claim.
For aggressive personal injury representation in Alabama, Florida, or Georgia, trust The Gil Law Firm of Dothan, AL. Attorney Rafael Gil III and his team provide clients with personalized guidance and give them the peace of mind they need when legal issues arise. If you have been in a car crash, you should focus on healing; let them deal with the legal aspects. Find out more about their team online. For a consultation, call (334) 673-0100.