When you are involved in a car crash, it is easy to panic or to forget to do important things that can help you after the dust settles. The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas help victims of car accidents recover compensation for their injuries every day and have seen many instances of poor judgment at the scene of an auto accident. A few moments spent taking precautionary steps can significantly increase your ultimate monetary recovery when you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Here are five things you should always do at a car crash scene:
1) Take down as much information as possible. There is no such thing as having too much information at a car crash scene. You should have as much information as possible on every person who was involved or was a potential witness. At a minimum, you need names, addresses, phone numbers and license plate numbers as well as the make and model of any vehicle involved. You should also collect insurance information and photos of the damage.
2) Ask for medical assistance. If there is the slightest chance you were injured in any way, ask for medical assistance. The police will record your refusal of medical services on the accident report. This could come back to haunt you if you later claim that you were injured.
3) Record the names and badge numbers of police officers. You may need to speak to the responding officers again, so be sure to ask for identifying information.
4) Do not move your car or admit fault. Unless you are in danger, do not move your car from the spot where the accident happened until you are told to do so by the police. Further, even if you believe you were at fault for the accident, never say so. It is possible that there were other factors that could have contributed to the crash of which you are unaware.
5) Call a personal injury attorney. The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner he or she can begin collecting evidence on your behalf.
If you have been the victim of a car accident, contact Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We are ready to help you win your personal injury case and recover compensation for your injuries, including your medical costs and lost wages as well as your pain and suffering.