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Many people will be involved in a car accident in their lifetime; an average of six million car accidents occur every year in the United States, leaving three million people injured. Two-thirds of these injuries are permanent. It is important to know what to do after an accident occurs.
Never drive away from the scene, even if you think no damage was done. Driving off could result in charges against you. Secure the scene of the accident with flares or other markers to prevent other cars from crashing into your stopped vehicles and turn on your hazard lights.
Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries and do the same with others involved in the accident. Call 911 for medical help, if necessary. If possible, leave the vehicles in place unless they are dangerously obstructing traffic.
Even for a minor accident, it is best to call the police because you will then have a written record of the incident. Tell them what happened to the best of your ability, including your injuries. Many injuries are not immediately apparent at the scene of the accident and drivers may not fully comprehend the extent of what happened. Never admit fault for the accident while you are describing how the accident occurred. This information could be used against you by the other party’s insurance company.
Be sure to exchange personal contact information with the other drivers and take down their insurance information. If you are able, take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and the damage to any cars involved in the accident, as well as any property damage. Document the circumstances of the accident, such as the weather or road conditions. If there are eyewitnesses, record their contact information and get their account of what they saw.
You should seek medical advice even if you think you are fine. Even minor collisions can cause injuries to the head and neck that can have serious consequences. Keep records and receipts for any medical care you receive with other important information related to the accident, including the police report. If your injuries are serious, contact an experienced car accident lawyer so that you are not facing this on your own.
If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a third party, you may be eligible for compensation. At Williams Cedar, our Collingswood car accident lawyers will fight to obtain the maximum compensation available for your case so that you can concentrate on your recovery. Call us at 856-470-9777 to schedule a free consultation or complete our online form. Located in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.