10 Steps If Involved In An Auto Accident

  1. ALWAYS STAY CALM – Stay calm at the accident scene. Make sure the accident scene is safe and that all people are out of the way of other cars on the road.
  2. MEDICAL ATTENTION – If any one is injured call an ambulance immediately. Stop any bleeding and do not move any person if you feel it may cause more injury. Keep any injured person calm and wait for trained medical personnel.
  3. PROTECT THE ACCIDENT SCENE – Always keep in mind that any accident scene can cause a dangerous situation for other accidents. Place cones or flares if you have them and ask any motorists who have stopped to help if they will direct traffic around the scene.
  4. ALWAYS CALL THE POLICE – Call the police and wait for them to arrive. Ask the officers to make a report. Be calm and tell the police the correct facts of how the accident happened. Cooperate fully with the officers. Be polite.
  5. GATHER INFORMATION – Get the name, address and telephone number of all witnesses. Make a note of any comments made by the other driver or any witnesses.
  6. SEE YOUR DOCTOR – Many times injuries from an automobile accident do not result in immediate pain. Injuries to muscles and other tissues don’t always start hurting for hours. When this happens go to a doctor or hospital immediately. A delay in seeking medical care can cause more injury to you. If there is a slightest chance you are injured seek medical care.
  7. CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY – Report the accident to your insurance company and cooperate with your agent. Ask you agent if you are covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Tell your lawyer if you are.
  8. REPORT THE ACCIDENT – You should always call the police but if for some reason they do not come to the scene you should still report the accident. Ask the police or your insurance agent for a BLUE FORM. You should fill this out and return it to the police agency within ten days of the accident. If not there will be no record that the accident happened.
  9. IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED CALL A LAWYER IMMEDIATELY – Ask for the advise of an experienced personal injury attorney. You can Contact the personal injury attorneys at The Gerardo Cantu Law Firm, P.C. for advise and representation for you injuries and damages.
  10. UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHTS – You should always know your legal rights in order to protect yourself. DO NOT give a statement, in person or recorded on the phone, to the other drivers insurance company. When the adjuster calls tell them NO and contact The Gerardo Cantu Law Firm, P.C.. We will help you.
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