Take The Right Steps After An Accident
Accidents are jarring. Often, in the aftermath, people are startled or unsure what to do. Our goal as your attorney is to empower you to make the right choices and to protect yourself.
Below are a series of steps you should take after an accident, if possible. It is important for you to note that this is not a comprehensive list, and there is no substitute for having an attorney on the scene. We are always happy to consult with you and provide you with personalized guidance. You can reach John Brooks Cameron & Associates by calling us at 330-722-8989.
Be Aware Of The Scene
Take full stock of yourself and your passengers. You should also pay attention to where you are in the road and whether other cars have stopped or are nearby. Spatial awareness is vital. Many accident victims leave their cars only to be injured by another car on the road.
Call For Emergency Services
The first active step you should take is to ensure everyone is safe and that those with injuries get immediate medical attention. Do NOT apologize or say that it was your fault. Insurance companies will use any statement that you make to their advantage. Simply call for the police and for an ambulance, if necessary.
Gather As Much Information As Possible
Information is the key to legal success. You should gather all contact information from the other driver or drivers, get the names of any passengers in their car, and take pictures of any relevant documentation and of the cars. The more information, the better. Any information you gather can supplement the police report and help build your case.
Call An Attorney As Soon As Possible
Insurance companies care very little about your well-being. As a business, their priority is their bottom line. They may offer you a quick settlement or try to deny your claim. As knowledgeable lawyers with substantial court-room experience, our attorneys can review your case and help maximize your settlement. Reach us online today.