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What should I do if I am injured in an automobile accident?

Advice from Personal Injury Attorney, Warren Todd

When people are injured, they are often stressed, anxious, and angry. They do things they shouldn’t do and don’t do the things they should do. So what should you do if you are involved in an automobile accident?

Remain calm and call 911 for medical attention and law enforcement.

If you are able, obtain the names and contact information of the witnesses. Even if you are confident the other driver was clearly at fault, it is very important to obtain this information because sometimes law enforcement does not make it to the scene before witnesses leave or they simply do not obtain this vital information.

Again, if you are able, take pictures of the vehicles involved in the crash and the scene to document the damage, location of the vehicles, and any physical evidence such as skid marks, gouge marks, or debris.

Be polite and avoid any confrontations with the opposing driver and passengers.

Get prompt and appropriate medical treatment. You would be surprised how many times I hear from insurance adjusters or defense lawyers your client must not have been hurt that bad because they declined the ambulance or didn’t go to the emergency room.

Be smart and do whatever you can to preserve evidence to help support your case.