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What To Do After A Car Accident

Published on October 21st, 2019

Car accidents are scary, unexpected, and stressful, so it’s important to know what to do if you ever find yourself in this situation. Make sure you contact an auto accident lawyer serving Rockford and we will help you get through the process.

Stop Immediately After The Accident

If you’ve been in an accident, stop your car immediately. Do not drive away, even if it’s a minor fender bender. Wait at the scene until the police are able to arrive and take statements.

Protect The Scene Of The Accident

Keep your hazard lights on and consider setting up flares to prevent further accidents. If the accident occurred during the night, make sure you have a flashlight and wait in your car (if possible) or by the side of the road until help arrives. 

Call 911

Make sure you call the police, even if there are no serious injuries. You may need a police report down the road should you decide to file a claim for vehicle damage. 

Take Notes

Don’t just rely on the police and their report. Make sure you tell the investigating officer what happened, state the facts, and take your own notes to have for later on. Your statements should be accurate, so if you aren’t sure about a question, say you don’t know the answer. 

Take Pictures

Use your cellphone to take pictures of the scene and of your vehicle, specifically where the damage occurred and even if you have any bodily injuries. 

Exchange Information

If you were in an accident with another driver, exchange information including license plate numbers, insurance information on the card, and the investigating officers contact information. 

After The Accident Is Reported

Once the cops have reported what’s necessary, make sure you seek medical attention if needed. If you have been treated and you’re now recovering, contact a lawyer to protect your rights. Our auto accident lawyer near Rockford is ready to advise you on issues from how to be compensated to if you are getting the best medical treatment possible.

Contact Us

Don’t go through the aftermath of an auto accident alone—contact the American Law Firm today and we will work with you every step of the way as you begin to heal physically and financially.

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