Have you been in a car accident and wondered what to do? As a Seattle Car Accident Lawyer, we can recommend you do the following things immediately following your accident:
- Call the police and wait until they arrive.
- Take pictures of the accident. If you have a cell phone camera, that will work. Otherwise, carry one of those disposable kind in your car emergency kit.
- Be sure to write down pertinent details including
- Name, phone number, address and insurance information of the person who was involved in the accident with you.
- Note the date and time of the accident.
- Note the location of the accident, street name and what direction you were heading in.
- Gather the name and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Note the driving and road conditions — sunny, rainy, foggy, lots of traffic, etc.
- If you suspect the other person was talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident, click here for more information.
- Call your insurance company immediately. Your insurance agent should be able to give you information on obtaining a rental car and offer advice if the motorist who hit you was uninsured. Keep your claim number and policy number handy.
- Keep records such as names, dates, times of everyone you talk to in conjunction with the accident including your insurance company, police officer and your doctor.
- Hire an attorney if you have permanent scarring, loss of a limb, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, had to spend a night or more in the hospital, had to miss many days work, or if you will have to have ongoing therapy.
- Contact the insurance company of the person who hit you and tell them you want to file a third party claim. Be careful, however, if they pressure you to make a statement or sign documents of settlement.
- Get the name and phone number of your claims adjuster who is assigned to assess the damages to your car. If the car is totaled, research your car’s value on Kelly Blue book, Edmunds.com and recent auto advertisements. Be prepared to negotiate an equitable settlement for your car. Be sure to itemize special features of your car including brand new tires, high end stereo systems, etc.
- Have the repair estimate authorized before repairs begin.
- Do not settle the medical part of your claim until your treatments are concluded. If you settle too early, you can not be reimbursed for any additional medical costs.
This information was provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident you should contact The Farber Law Group with more than 30 years experience in representing motor vehicle accident victims. We represent victims on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing unless we recover a settlement for you.
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