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Use This After-Accident Checklist to Ensure You Have Taken All the Actions You Should Take
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Use This After-Accident Checklist to Ensure You Have Taken All the Actions You Should Take

Use This After-Accident Checklist to Ensure You Have Taken All the Actions You Should TakeNo one wants to be injured in a car accident yet it happens to thousands of people every day. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we see time and time again that clients sometimes don’t know what steps to take after an accident. Read on to learn what you should do and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you would like to request a free legal consultation.

Call 911 if there are injuries

If anyone is injured at all, then you should immediately call the police. In Riverside, police might not respond to every accident that is called in. They will take into account things like how severe the accident is, where the accident is located, and other factors. That said, it is still your responsibility to call the police if there are any injuries.

This is true even if you were injured in a hit and run accident and there is no one but you at the scene of the accident.

Gather information

Obtain names, addresses, telephone numbers, and driver's license numbers from all drivers. Obtain license plate(s) and vehicle identification numbers. Ask to see driver's license(s) and vehicle registration(s) to verify the information is accurate.

Obtain names, addresses, and telephone numbers of other passengers and any witnesses. If you have a camera or a cellphone, take photographs of the damage, and the accident scene (traffic controls, visual obstacles). If the owner of a damaged car or damaged property cannot be located, leave a note with the names and addresses of the driver and owners of the involved cars.

Notify your agent and/or your insurance company immediately

Yes, you should tell your insurance company that you have been in an accident. However, we strongly suggest that you do not give them more information than is necessary. Tell them the basic facts about the accident but contact a personal injury attorney before you agree to a recorded or signed statement.

Why? Because, regardless of the fact that it is your insurance company, they are not necessarily on your side. They want to reduce their liability and reduce the amount of money they pay out. Yes, they need all the information but your attorney can work to help ensure they get the information they need without risking a fair personal injury claim.

If you are ready to get started today, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

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