Automobile collisions occur every day and can range from minor inconveniences to collisions resulting in major injury. There are of course certain steps you need to take when you are involved in an automobile accident to make sure your rights are protected and that you are complying with Indiana Law. The following list will be of assistance.
Tip #1 If You’re In A Car Accident - Call the Police
Call the police. Indiana Law provides that you must stop and remain at the scene of an accident until the authorities are notified. The only exception to this is very minor property damage when, then, you must make every effort to contact the owner of the damaged property. When the authorities arrive give factual information, but do not admit fault or blame.
Tip #2 If You’re In A Car Accident - Prevent Additional Collisions
Take action to prevent additional collisions. Frequently, additional collisions occur when vehicles run into motorists stranded in the roadway. Use whatever methods you can, including flares or hand signals to alert oncoming traffic.
Tip #4 If You’re In A Car Accident – Obtain Contact Info
Make certain that you obtain contact information from everyone involved in the accident. This would include individuals who claim they have witnessed the event. Write down phone numbers and addresses and contact information and plate numbers if you can obtain this information.
Tip #5 If You’re In A Car Accident - Take Pictures
If you have some type of a camera or a phone with camera capabilities, take several pictures of damage to the vehicles, injuries, debris, and the entire scene from various distances and. angles.
Tip #6 If You’re In A Car Accident - Take Notes
You may want to take notes of the incident so that you can recall details at a later date.
Tip #7 If You’re In A Car Accident - Contact Your Insurance
You should contact your insurance company and apprise them that you have been in an accident. Failure to alert your insurance company may result in waiver and forfeiture of claims.
Tip #8 If You’re In A Car Accident - If Injured, Contact Us
If you are injured in an accident you should contact Graham Law Firm and discuss whether or not an attorney is required. I have handled hundreds of injury cases and can tell you when it is something you can handle on your own, and when an experienced attorney will be required.
You can call me toll free at 1-800-863-HELP.