After an Accident:
I Was Just in an Accident. What Should I Do?
- Call 911 in the event of an emergency for help. If you are able to, take pictures of the scene and the damage to the cars. Get the contact information of the other driver: including their name, address, phone number and vehicle information – especially their tag number. If you have a cell phone, take pictures of the other driver’s license, vehicle tag, and insurance information.
- If you have visible injuries, take photos. See a medical provider as soon as possible for pain and injuries.
- Get the police case number or an “exchange of information” form.
- Get contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Make sure you know who towed your car and where they towed it.
What Is a “Recorded Statement”?
After an accident, insurance companies like to get statements right away from the people involved about how the accident happened.
Do I Have to Give a “Recorded Statement”?
You are not required to give a statement to the other driver’s You should consult with an attorney before giving any statement.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Insurance companies try to pay the least amount possible on each claim. A lawyer will help you maximize your recovery and help obtain the necessary proof and documentation needed to bring a successful claim. Insurance companies often try to reach a quick, less than fair settlement with unrepresented individuals.
I Do Not Have Money to Hire a Lawyer. What Do I Do?
Potter Burnett Law offers free consultations, and we handle injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay anything to retain us, and we get paid at the end of the case out of the settlement from the insurance company.
I Am Not Sure if I Want to Hire a Lawyer. Do I Have to Pay For My Consultation?
Potter Burnett Law offers free consultations.
** FAQs are not a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon. **