What to Do After a Car Accident
Hundreds of car accidents happen in the Philadelphia area each and every year. If you’re unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, there are steps that you can take to ensure the most positive outcome possible. When accidents aren’t handled properly, innocent people’s rights are ignored, and the consequences can last for years or decades to come.
Whether you or another driver are at fault, it’s critical to retain a competent and experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney. As important as that step is, there are several other things you should do in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident. The following items will help you not only handle the accident appropriately, but also obtain critical information once your safety is no longer in jeopardy. The most critical steps are outlined below.
Six Critical Steps After an Accident
- Get Out of Harm’s Way – Philadelphia’s roadways are congested. Immediately after an auto accident occurs, you should do what you can to get your vehicle out of harm’s way. The longer it stays on the road, the likelier the odds are that it will be hit again. People are often seriously injured because they stay put after an accident. Unless your vehicle is completely immobilized, you should make every effort to get it onto the shoulder, the median or anyplace where it won’t be right in the line of traffic.
- Get Help – If anyone has been seriously injured, it’s crucial to get medical attention right away. Whether injuries have been sustained or not, you should contact the police. They may or may not decide to come to the scene. If they don’t, you should still follow up by filing a police report later. You will need it.
- Take Photos – After ensuring that everyone is okay, snap several photos with your cell phone or digital camera. It’s important to do this before anyone drives away. In addition to photographing the vehicles that are involved, take photos of the scene itself. Don’t forget to snap photos of license plates too.
- Exchange Information – In the case of a minor fender-bender, you may think it’s not important to collect the other driver’s information. That’s incorrect. You should always exchange information after a car accident in Philadelphia. At the absolute least, get the other driver’s contact information, insurance information and license plate number. Make a note of the make and model of the other driver’s car too.
- Beware of Insurance Adjusters – Following an accident, an insurance adjuster may attempt to collect information from you. You may even be asked to provide a written or recorded statement. Never do this without contacting a Philadelphia auto accident attorney first. People often make the mistake of working with insurance adjusters after car accidents. Their words often come back to haunt them. Even if you’re positive you’re not at fault, don’t fall into this trap.
- Contact a Lawyer – No matter what the specific circumstances of your car accident may be, you should contact an experienced Philadelphia auto accident lawyer as quickly as possible. There are simply too many variables at play, and too many things that can go wrong. You’ll be approached by people who claim to be on your side, but you need to do what you can to protect your rights. The surest way to do that is by retaining the right lawyer.
With the right Philadelphia car accident attorney by your side, you should be able to get through your ordeal as quickly and successfully as possible. Contact The Law Offices of Samuel Fishman now.
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Common Types of Accidents
Accidents Caused by a Driver Making a Left Hand Turn – Many of the most serious injuries that we see at the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman occur as the result of drivers making left hand turns without sufficient clearance. Often, these accidents will occur when a driver is rushing in an attempt to make a left hand turn before a traffic light turns red. [Read More]
Leaving a Parking Lot or Driveway – Accidents are caused every day by drivers leaving parking lots or driveways and entering onto a roadway. Whether driving a car, truck, bus, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle, Pennsylvania law requires that all drivers leaving an area other than a roadway must yield the right of way to drivers who are already on the roadway. [Read More]
Rear-End Accident / Following too Closely – Proper drivers always maintain the appropriate distance between their car and the auto in front of them. Unfortunately, in the era of cell phones and texting while driving, drivers often become unaware of their surrounding causing rear-end collisions. These accidents cause serious injuries including herniations, broken bones, muscle tears, sprains, strains, and more. [Read More]
Driver Drifts or Swerves out of Lane – In the age of texting while driving, it is just a matter of time until you see a driver drifting out of his or her lane while trying to type a message. When a driver drifts out of his or her lane and causes an accident, said driver has violated the law. When a driver violates the law and causes you injury, the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman stands ready to help you obtain a full and appropriate financial settlement. [Read More]
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