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ACCIDENT ACCIDENT WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CHECKLIST CHECKLIST IN A CAR ACCIDENT  Obtain contact information of the  Obtain contact Information from at fault party: Witnesses: Name____________________ Name Phone Address __________________________ ________________________ Phone _________________________ Obtain Information of Officer(s):  Obtain vehicle information of the at Name ______________________ fault party Agency _____________________ Make Call Insurance Company _________________________ Name of Adjuster ______________ Model____________________ Phone #_____________________ Color_____________________ Claim #_____________________ Stephen A. Burroughs License plate Take Photographs (865)525-3773 #_____________________ All vehicles involved www.easttnlawyer.com  Obtain Insurance Information of Injuries to people involved the at fault party:  Contact Stephen A. Burroughs Company (865)525-3773 No one expects to be in a car accident, Name____________________ but many accidents happen every day. www.easttnlawyer.com Policy Statistics show that nearly all of us will Notes:_______________________ be in a car accident at some time. Number___________________ Knowing what to do when an accident ___________________________ happens is important. It can make all ___________________________ the difference if you, your family or ___________________________ friends are hurt and need help. ___ Get Medical Help Call 911 if anyone is Take pictures. “A picture is worth a File Necessary State Accident hurt. Medical care within the first hour after an thousand words.” Today most of us have a Reports In most states, if anyone is injured or injury is critical, so do not hesitate to allow an camera built into our cell phones. If you can, and there is significant property damage to the vehicles it is safe, take pictures of the vehicles before they you must file a State Accident Report. The form, ambulance to take you to the local ER, if needed. are moved. Pictures of the damage and position with directions, can be obtained from the police If your symptoms develop after you leave the of the vehicles can be very important. They can department. scene, get yourself to an emergency room as soon prove how the accident happened and document as possible and report all of your symptoms to the force of the collision. This can be helpful Do Not Discuss Fault Do not blame the the treating doctor. Delays in getting treatment evidence if the accident caused any injuries. If other driver even if they were clearly at fault. It you are not able to take pictures, ask one of your may just start an argument. But, if the other driver can not only put your health at risk, but can also admits it was their fault, make a mental note of it. make it harder to get fairly compensated for your passengers who is alright, or a witness, to do it for you. After you get emergency care and are When you get home, jot down precisely what you injuries, when you later make a claim. remember them saying. Even if you feel you may home, remember to take pictures of your injuries have been partially at fault, do not say anything Notify the Police In most states this is – any cuts, bruises or bandages, and any casts or crutches. It is particularly important to take a that admits your feeling. "Fault" is often a complex required by law before you can leave the scene if determination based on the facts and complicated picture of any seat belt bruise on the front of your anyone is injured, or there is any significant laws. Leave that issue for your attorney to sort out. shoulders and chest. This bruise may not develop property damage. It’s a mistake to just exchange right away. Taking a picture of it can keep the Protect Your Rights To protect your rights names and phone numbers with the other driver other side from claiming that you were not you must act quickly after a motor vehicle and leave the scene. Call the police. Be sure to get wearing a seat belt. accident. Deciding fault can be complicated. the name of the officer at the scene and write it Call Your Insurance Agent All Insurance coverage, and how you will get your down. insurance policies require you to notify your medical bills paid, can be very confusing and insurance company. This must be done shortly frustrating. Insurance adjustors may call and ask Get contact information from the you to give them a tape recorded statement. You after the accident. Unnecessary delay in telling other driver or drivers. Write down your insurance company about the crash can should never do this without first consulting with a their name, address and phone number. Make a result in a denial of your claim. lawyer. You may have many questions about your rights, and your obligations to insurance note of the color, make and model of the other Identify Witnesses Get the names and representatives. You may have questions whether vehicles, and the license plates if you can. The contact information of anyone who saw the the insurance companies are treating you fairly. police officer can help you get all this accident. If you can, do this quickly. Often, Don’t jeopardize your rights. CALL AN information, and will often have a form for you to people who saw the collision will stop for a short EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY who specializes in exchange with the other driver(s) involved. Do time, but leave before the police arrive. Other accident and injury claims for advice and answers not be afraid to ask such information, or for the motorists, passengers or pedestrians can be to your questions. critical witnesses. Get their name and phone form. number.
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