If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, you might be wondering what steps to take and where to look for help. The Clauson Law Firm has years of experience helping clients with both accident and disability cases. We help clients by explaining the process, collecting documentation for you, writing demand letters to the insurance company, negotiation with the insurance company, and representing you in a trial if necessary. With our years of experience we have an understanding of what is a reasonable settlement for your accident and fight to make sure you are compensated fairly.
There are two important sets of steps to follow after an accident.
The first is at the scene of the accident. While it can be hard to remain calm, especially when there have been injuries, there are specific actions that need to be taken that day to make sure the claims can be resolved. Always stay at the scene until you are directed to leave.
Immediately following the accident, check with your passengers to make sure everyone is ok. If they aren’t, call for medical help before taking any steps. Individuals with neck or back pain, who are unconscious, or with severe injuries should only be moved prior to the arrival of emergency services in case of emergency. If there are no injuries, it’s still important to call the police to file a police report. Don’t leave without getting the name and badge number of the responding officer, as well as the number of the police report that will be filed.
Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident. The data that should be shared includes the name and address of each driver, as well as the best phone number to reach each person. You’ll also need their drivers’ license and license plate numbers, as well as their insurance information.
Once you are able to leave the scene, take photos of any property damage and track any medical treatment that is needed as a result of the accident. Call your insurance company and give them the police report number. Explain what happened.
Don’t forget to call a local auto accident attorney. Even if you don’t choose to hire a lawyer, the experience and expertise they bring can help you make an educated decision as you move forward. Richard Kettler and Matthew S. Woodard, the auto accident attorneys at The Clauson Law Firm, will help you resolve accidents of any size.