Wondering what to do after a car accident? First, notify the police and get the necessary medical attention. Next, contact an attorney to gather evidence and protect you from insurance adjusters trying to attribute any fault in the accident to you.
Woman: What if I'm injured in an accident and I don't have auto insurance?
George: What to do at the scene of an accident, very important. This is where you fix the evidence and the information that you're going to get to help your case. Make sure . . . keep a camera in your car if you don't have a cell phone that takes one. Make sure you take pictures, as many pictures as you can of the scene. Make sure you get any witnesses that might have seen it, might have been there, might have heard something.
You don't know exactly if they could be helpful or not until you've talked to them and get a statement which a lawyer, later on, can use to help you. So it's very important that you take care of these things. If there's a police, if someone's injured, make sure you call them because that's the only time they usually come to the accident scene. Make sure you cross your Ts and dot your Is at the scene.
Kerry: Yes. And you know what, we realize it's not always practical to do that. But when you're able to, get the names, like George said, the contact information, any statements that were made by anybody. But oftentimes, more often than not, the kind of clients we take are clients that had to go to the hospital in an ambulance or be carted off, or seriously, seriously injured. And you, or your family member, should call a lawyer right away because evidence has a way of dissipating. It gets lost over time. And we've got to get in there right away.
We've got to preserve the necessary evidence to prove your case. We know what we're doing because months later you go see a lawyer and guess what? The road has changed. The conditions have changed. The witnesses are gone. You don't have their contact information. It's critical. Get a lawyer involved. That's what we do for a living. Get a good lawyer involved immediately.
George: I agree, Kerry. I agree. That's very good advice.