Car accidents happen almost every hour in Oklahoma. Despite the frequency of car accidents, most people involved in a car accident do not know what steps to take after a motor vehicle collision. Victims of car accidents are quickly confronted with painful or potentially severe injuries, which require expensive medical treatment and the stress and costs of replacing or repairing their vehicle. Fortunately, there are steps you can take immediately after being involved in a car accident to increase the likelihood of being compensated fairly and in a timely manner for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and property damage.
The Fierce Advocates at Cannon & Associates – Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers created this outline of Six Steps to take after an accident to help you protect your interests and prepare you for being involved in a car accident.
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1. Stop your Vehicle
It may sound obvious, but it is the first thing you must do after a car accident is stop your vehicle and make sure everyone is okay. Once you have checked on the safety of each of your passengers, make sure the area around your vehicle is clear before you exit the vehicle and check on other people involved in the accident. Call for an ambulance, if anyone was injured in the car accident.
2. Call the Police
It is very important to call 911 following a car accident so the police will come to the accident scene, investigate the accident, and make an official Accident Report. You should inform the investigating officer of any injuries or pain you feel as a result of the collision. However, you should not express guilt or make any statements about your responsibility for the car accident. It is important to answer questions by police, but do not take responsibility for the accident.
3. Take Photos
It is easy to document a car accident with the advent of the smart phone. Simply pull out your camera and take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident and the scene of the collision. If you and your passengers do not have a smart phone or camera in the car, take photographs of your car and the accident scene as soon as you can after the accident.
4. Gather Information
Make sure you get the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident. Additionally, write down the license plate number, make, model, and year for every vehicle in the crash.
5. Find Witnesses
Be sure to speak with any witness that stopped at the scene of the accident and write down their names, contact information, and a summary of what the remember or saw during your car accident.
6. Contact a Lawyer
After your accident, it is important to your future and compensation to contact a personal injury attorney to assist you in handling your car accident claim. An experienced Oklahoma personal injury attorney can guide you through the claims process and advise you on dealing with or speaking with the insurance company or claims adjuster. An Oklahoma personal injury attorney can help you communicate with the insurance company about how the accident occurred and in obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and property damage.
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Experience matters when you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of the negligence of someone in a vehicle accident in Oklahoma. It is important to know the Oklahoma personal injury lawyer you hire is dedicated to your cause and versed in all aspects of car accident law in Oklahoma. Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for accident victims and will fight for you. Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates to protect your rights and fight for compensation in your car accident case in Oklahoma. Complete the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 405-657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.