What should you do after a car accident?

What should you do after a car accident?

Here are some things you should and should not do following a car accident:

  1. Check to see if anyone is injured
  2. Call the Police
  3. Collect Information
  4. Take Photographs
  5. Notify Your Insurance Company
  6. Dealing with the other person’s insurance company
  7. Contact the auto accident lawyers at Rankin & Gregory at rginjurylaw.com or call attorney Chad Rankin or Bill Gregory at (717) 656-5000.  They have offices in Lancaster and Leola.If anyone is injured in a car accident, someone should call 911 as soon as possible. Time can be crucial in saving a life or limiting the injuries following a crash. Car crashes are traumatic events that usually result in a rush of adrenaline. The rush can often mask the extent of the injury or the injury itself. If there is any doubt about whether anyone is injured, 911 should be called.Once the police arrive, they will investigate the crash.  The Police will interview the parties and witnesses to the car accident that can be interviewed at the scene. The police will conduct interviews at the hospital later, if necessary. Providing complete and honest answers to the questions of the investigating police officer is important.  It is the Police officer’s job to assess blame for the crash. Just because the Police officer blames you or partially blames you, does not mean that you were at fault. Police Officers make mistakes. The auto accident lawyers at Rankin & Gregory conduct their own investigations into to the crash when there are concerns about who is responsible. If necessary, car accident attorneys at Rankin & Gregory will hire an accident reconstruction expert to investigate the crash.If you can, you should make sure you do not leave the scene of the crash without first getting the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and automobile insurance information for the other people and vehicles involved in the car accident. This information will allow the auto accident attorneys at Rankin & Gregory to quickly begin a case on your behalf.If possible, you or someone on your behalf should take photographs of the scene of the crash and the vehicles involved to help accurately document the collision.After the appropriate authorities have been contacted, you should contact your car insurance company so they can start a claim on your behalf. This is important because regardless of who was at fault, your car insurance company will pay for some or all of your medical bills. You may also want to go through your car insurance to pay for the property damage.
  8. 6. Call the Car Accident Lawyers at Rankin & Gregory.  The longer you wait, the more likely your case will be limited or denied by the insurance company working against you.  You need the best auto accident attorney that you can find.  Call accident attorney Chad Rankin or Bill Gregory at (717) 656-5000.
  9. 5. Notify Your Insurance Company
  10. 4. Take Photographs
  11. 3. Collect Information
  12. 2. Call the Police
  13. 1. Check to see if anyone is injured.

 

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