Car accident? Some do's and don't'sBy | On May 27, 2010
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, or injured as a pedestrian:
- Driver, Vehicle, Insurance Information: Get as much information as possible about the vehicles involved in the accident and the driver’s name, address and license number, as well as the owner’s name and address, including their insurance company and coverage information.
- Time and Conditions: Note of the direction and position of the vehicles, traffic controls, the weather at the time of the accident, the time of day and lighting conditions, and names and addresses of any witnesses.
- Traffic Violations: Make sure the police are aware of any traffic violations the other operator committed.
- Insurance Agent Notification: Notify own your insurance agent or insurance company about the accident. You have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company, but remember, the insurance company may have interests which are adverse to yours.
- Statements to Investigators: Do not offer statements to insurance company representatives or investigators without first understanding your rights, and speaking to an attorney.
- Take Pictures: If you’re able, take pictures not only of the damage to your car and the other driver’s car, but also of the scene itself, including traffic signs and controls. Use a cell phone camera, or ask to borrow a camera if you don’t have one.
You need to protect your rights after a car accident. You should hire an experienced attorney to evaluate and handle your case, especially before answering any insurance company questions. Please call Sherwood Guernsey at 413-499-3520 for additional information.