What To Do After a Car Accident

There are over 4.5 million car accidents that result in injury each year in the United States. Although no one plans on being involved in a car accident, it is important to be aware of the steps you should take after an accident to protect yourself and support your car accident claim.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in New York or California, let our car accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm help you. Your attorney will guide you through the legal process to help you get the best result possible. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a free case evaluation and to get answers to your questions.

Important Steps To Take Following A Car Accident

Stop and Call the Police

The most important thing to do after a car accident is to stop. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one. If possible, move yourself and your vehicle off the road to prevent further damage and injuries. Once you are in a safe location, call 9-1-1 to report the accident to local authorities and request medical attention, if necessary.

Exchange Information With All Drivers

It is critical to exchange personal and insurance information with all drivers involved in the accident. Having this information is very important when filing a car accident claim.  Make sure you request and obtain the following information from other drivers:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • License number
  • Insurance company
  • Policy number

Take Pictures and Videos

If possible, use your cell phone or personal camera to take pictures and videos of the accident scene, including damage to vehicles and injuries sustained. Make sure to document any other factors that may have caused or contributed to your accident, such as road defects, improper road signage, weather conditions, etc.

Obtain Witness Statements

If any witnesses were present at the time of the accident, collect statements from them, as well as their personal information. Witness statements can be valuable when determining who is responsible for a car accident.

Seek Medical Attention

After a car accident, it may take days or weeks for you to feel pain. Our team of car accident lawyers recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible following a car accident. A medical professional can help identify and recommend treatment for any injuries sustained in your car accident.

Speak With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney at The Barnes Firm

It is in your best interest to contact The Barnes Firm and speak with a trusted car accident attorney before calling your insurance company about an accident. Insurance companies will often lowball accident victims to close a case quickly. Never sign anything with your insurance carrier without speaking to an attorney. When you choose The Barnes Firm, our team of attorneys will:

  • Evaluate your case for FREE
  • Assist in answering any questions you have regarding your accident
  • Investigate your accident, and all circumstances surrounding and leading up to it
  • Hold all negligent parties responsible
  • Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
  • Prepare and take your case to trial, if necessary

With decades of combined experience helping car accident victims, our team of attorneys will work hard to get you the best result possible for your accident case. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation. It could be the best call you make.

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