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Goss Law Auto Accident Checklist

Car accidents are terrifying, regardless of the severity. In a bad accident, you may be seriously injured, or someone else may be, and you can go into panic mode. In less serious accidents, the fear you feel is still extreme because it makes you realize how dangerous roads can be and how easy it is to make a mistake or be injured as a result of someone else’s mistake.

If you are in an accident, it is important to do your best to remain level headed. Reading this checklist can help you be prepared, or you could even print it out and store it in your car in case of an emergency. 

  1. First and foremost, seek medical attention. If you are seriously injured, your first priority should be to seek medical assistance. You can do so by calling 911 and asking for an ambulance. Keep in mind that sometimes adrenaline can numb your feelings of pain and you may not realize how severely you are injured. Be careful and remember that your safety is the highest priority.
  2. Do not leave the scene. Unless you are being rushed to the hospital, do not leave the scene of the accident. It is your legal obligation to exchange information with the other driver. Failing to stop can lead to criminal charges. You should also call the police to the scene so that a report can be filed. 
  3. Do not admit fault. Try to avoid discussing the nature of the accident with the other driver altogether and certainly do not admit fault or apologize. Even if you feel like you made a mistake that caused the accident, they may be partly to blame as well and taking the blame can jeopardize future personal injury claims. 
  4. Gather information about the other driver and the other car. You will need the name, address, and contact information of the other driver. You should also find out their vehicle make, model, and year, registration information, and license plate number. 
  5. Take photographs. Get pictures of the scene from as many angles as possible. Photograph the damage to your car and the other. Take a picture of road conditions, including any downed street signs that may have caused the accident. It may feel like overkill to take hundreds of pictures, but if you end up having a personal injury case on your hands, you will be glad you gathered this evidence.
  6. Connect with an attorney. If you believe someone else caused the accident and needs to be held responsible for your injuries, you should contact a personal injury attorney to assist you. The Goss Law team can help you determine the true value of your case and can provide you compassionate legal guidance. 

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