The average driver will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years. There are about 10 million accidents of all kinds each year, from parking lot scrapes to multi-car pileups. It is important to know the appropriate steps to take when you are involved in an auto accident.
It is important to make sure that you and the people involved in the accident seek appropriate medical attention, if needed. If the accident is minor and the cars are still functioning, move them off or to the side of the road. If the cars aren’t going anywhere without a tow truck, turn on your hazard lights, exit the vehicle when it’s safe to do so, and walk to the side of the road and out of traffic.
Call the Police
You will need to call the police if significant injury or property damage occurs. You will want a police report for your records and be sure to obtain the name and badge numbers of the responding officers. In Michigan, any accident occurring on a public roadway MUST be reported to law enforcement authorities.
Obtain Appropriate Information
You will want information about the other driver including: name, address, driver’s license number, insurance information, and license plate number. If there are witnesses present, collect contact information from them as well. If litigation follows the accident you will want to have notes to review.
Consider a Personal Injury Lawyer
It is common to experience pushback on reimbursement for auto accident expenses. Insurance companies frequently try to avoid paying more than they need and will check to make sure all expenses are valid. Keep all documents, notes and receipts and contact a personal injury attorney.
At Gower Reddick, our attorneys have experience working with insurance providers to get the highest possible settlement amounts for clients. We can also assist with general damages that are hard to determine such as pain and suffering and mental strain. If you, or someone you love, have been involved in an automobile accident contact Gower Reddick today!