Personal Injury - What to Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident Getting in a car accident is not only stressful, but can be the cause of serious and life-long disabilities for the victims. Whether an accident is your fault or the other drivers, there are a few important tips to remember if you are in a motor vehicle accident. It is important to remember that all insurance companies and local authorities have rules about motor vehicle accidents and that staying at the scene of an accident, exchanging information, exchanging witness information, and informing insurance and police of the accident are basic rules of any accident. Also, if you obtained injuries and need a personal injury lawyer to represent you, the case will be more successful if you have followed the rules and tips. Staying at the accident is not only important for insurance purposes, but you are legally bound to stay at the scene long enough to trade information or until law enforcement arrives (if needed). While waiting at the scene of the crime, all parties should be checked for injuries. If any drivers or passengers are unconscious, complaining of back pain or have serious injuries it is best to not move them until medical professionals arrive at the scene. If there is a possible personal injury claim later, it is important that medical professionals provided the emergency care at the scene versus civilians or people that were in the accident. After injuries have been assessed, you should exchange information with all other drivers, passengers and any witnesses that saw the accident. Get names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from the other drivers. Witnesses should provide their names, addresses and phone numbers to be reached at a later time by personal injury lawyers or insurance companies. Finally, it is important to call both law enforcement and insurance companies after a motor vehicle accident. You want to be completely honest about all information and what happened. Insurance companies and police officers are often the first step in any personal injury claim. You should take pictures of your motor vehicle and of your injuries and keep all of your medical records. These items may be used later in a possible litigation process. Remember to not take the first settlement offers without knowing the extent of your injuries and damages to your car. If you are injured for life and cannot work, your settlement needs to reflect your new life status About Us The Elite Lawyer Project was developed by a group of business people with a quest to identify great personal injury attorneys, one per market, to help the personal injury victim wade through the lawyer selection process.