Most of society considers the tragic situation of a car accident a straight-forward concept: the accident occurs, the police arrive on the scene and you exchange information with the other driver. However, some of the most crucial steps that should be taken by individuals involved in car accidents are neglected and, as a result, complications can arise. It is extremely important to exercise due care not only for the well-being of yourself, but also for that of others. Though there are many things one SHOULD engage in if a car accident occurs, there are a number of things that should NOT be done. If you have been injured in a car accident in Rhode Island, contact one of our experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyers today. We may be able to file a Rhode Island car accident lawsuit on your behalf, and there are no fees unless we get you a settlement or award.
What to Do Right After a Car Accident:
It is crucial, if possible, to relocate your car to a safe place after being involved in a car accident in order to avoid any further damage or injury to those involved. With regards to safety, examine each person to be sure that they are responsive and to determine whether they require immediate medical attention. Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries. Get the insurance and contact information of the other driver. Try to document everything you can about the scene of the accident, driving conditions, and what happened. If possible, get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Document the damage to your vehicle and take pictures if you can. It is also important to call the police and wait at the scene of the accident until they come and file a report.
What Not to Do Right After a Car Accident:
Even if the accident appears to be minimal, it is imperative to stop, check the safety of others, exchange insurance information, and report the accident to the police. By neglecting to do so you have technically committed a crime. As mentioned above, calling the police is an important step to properly document the collision and for insurance purposes. Do not lose your temper, as this could affect your state of mind when assessing the situation. Similarly, do not lose the paperwork that you receive from the other driver, as it is necessary when filing a claim. Lastly, diverting your attention away from the aftermath of the collision could have serious consequences, such as lost opportunity to seek legal and medical advice. Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you sort through these steps and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer!
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyers. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.