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Ten Things To Do After a Car Accident

Posted by Andrew Coiner | Aug 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A lot of things are running through your head when involved in a car accident.  After an accident you may be overcome with emotions as your body is flooded with adrenaline and you may be in shock. Ensure you know how to react in these situations, so you don't act impulsively or incorrectly. Even simple ‘Fender Benders' can become major headaches because regularly the process involves personal injury lawyers, insurance companies and a range of witnesses that may have different opinions of the events that  occurred.

The following are the Top 10 Things you should do after a car accident has occurred:

1)    Make Sure Everyone Inside the Car is Safe

In a car accident your safety and the safety of your passengers is your top priority. You need to make sure everyone is uninjured. Dial 911 if you believe anyone is injured.

2)    Make Sure Others are Safe by Protecting the Scene

You need to turn on your hazard lights and set up something to show oncoming drivers there has been a car accident along the road. You also need to make sure the driver and any passengers in the other car are uninjured. Please be careful not to step out onto the road or into traffic while you do this.

3)    If There are No Serious Injuries, you must Still Call the Police

Safety is a priority. If you believe someone is injured, dial 911. If there are no serious injuries you still must call the police to report the incident. This will save you future paperwork if you need to proceed with a car accident injury claim.

4)    Make an Accurate Record: Take Pictures and take down Witness Details

You need to document everything that happened in the accident for reporting purposes. Document what you believe occurred and look for witnesses that saw the accident. Take pictures of the visible damages and of the accident scene soon so you don't interfere with the police investigation when law enforcement arrives.

5)    Exchange Information with all Concerned Parties

Most of the time the police obtain this information but try to obtain the names, addresses, registration details, vehicle make/type/color and telephone numbers of all concerned parties. Also ask for insurance information.

6)    Report The Accident Once the Police Arrive

Report to the police what happened and do not collaborate with, or admit guilt to, other parties involved. Be detailed on what happened and point out any witnesses that saw the crash. This will ensure there will be fair report regarding the accident.

7)    Call Your Insurance Company

Call your claim into your insurance company. Your insurance company will direct you on what steps to take and take the details from you to start your property damage claim.

8)    Seek Medical Attention and Get a Check-up

Make sure all members of the car crash are not experiencing internal trauma or injury. If you or anyone else is injured it is best to wait until an ambulance arrives and have everyone seen to by the ambulance officers. Any major internal injuries must be seen to immediately. Minor injuries must be cared for. It's best for the ambulance officers to decide. Afterwards you also need to consult a healthcare professional to manage your treatment after the ambulance or hospital has discharged you.

9)    Keep a File of all the Accident Related Documentation

Keep all the documentation and information together in a file. This should include; the police report number, insurance claim number and receipts of all expenses incurred. Also keep the names and registration details of all those who were involved in the accident along with witnesses details and any of your photos and notes of the accident.

10)    Call Me to Obtain Advice on What You Should Do

I represent people injured in car accident injury claims. I can protect your rights and follow the correct procedure to start a claim. I work on a no award, no fee basis which means no legal fee will be incurred unless I recover compensation for the car crash or injury. If you have been involved in a car accident involving an injury, or know someone who has, seek out confidential legal advice about your case and possible compensation. I offer confidential, no obligation consultations. I also operate on a no award, no fee basis, meaning you will only pay me if you receive compensation. Contact me at 270.442.9268 for a consultation today.

About the Author

Andrew Coiner

I have been representing people accused of crimes and victims of the negligence of others in Paducah since 1994.  Before opening my Paducah office, I worked in two large Kentucky law firms.  Working for large law firms made me realize I'd rather help a person injured in a car wreck caused by another driver's negligence than work for the negligent driver's insurance company. I served two Kentucky governors in economic development positions.  I am proud to have created jobs for the working men and women of Kentucky.  Before working in economic development, I served a stint as a legislative liaison and a special prosecutor in the Kentucky Attorney General's office. Before my legal career, I worked in a drug store, hardware, as a ditch digger and as a newspaper reporter.  I worked my way through Ashland Community College, Marshall University and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. I handle criminal and personal injury cases in the western Kentucky counties of McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, Hickman, Graves, Livingston, Crittenden, Fulton, Caldwell and Lyon.  I also represent clients in the United States District Courts, Eastern and Western District of Kentucky, including Paducah, Fort Campbell and Owensboro.  I have also successfully represented clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati,Ohio.   I have been honored by my peers with Martindale Hubbell's prestigious AV rating for achieving and maintaining very high ethical conduct and preeminent legal ability. I have also been selected by my peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. Kentucky Monthly magazine selected me as one of the top attorneys in Kentucky. The National Trial Lawyers selected me as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. If you are facing federal or state criminal charges or have been injured because of someone's negligence, call me for an honest evaluation of your case.  If you've got a great case, I'll tell you.  If you got a case with problems, I'll tell you that too.  I will put my reputation, experience and expertise to work for you.  Your case deserves the attention of an experienced trial lawyer.  

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