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Step 1: Get to Safety

  • Check on the safety of the occupants in both vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Turn on hazard lights and move to the side of the road if possible.
  • Do not interfere any crash site evidence. It could be relevant for medical treatment, police reports and insurance claims.

Step 2: Who to Call

  • Call 911, especially if someone is injured.
  • Stay calm and briefly describe the location of the accident and any injuries.
  • Contact law enforcement to file a crash report.
  • Never admit fault to another driver, police officer or insurance adjuster.
  • Contact an experienced auto accident attorney.

Step 3: Gather Information

  • Exchange information with anyone involved in the accident (e.g., insurance information, driver’s license number, address, telephone number, license plate and the type of vehicle involved)
  • Take photos of the crash scene and any injuries.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel hurt.

Step 4: Notify the Insurance Company (Carefully)

  • Notify your insurance claims department about the accident.
  • Do NOT give a recorded statement to an insurance agent without speaking with a lawyer first. You may feel pressured, but it is not a requirement.
  • NEVER admit fault for the accident, even if you think you are responsible.
  • Refer all future communications to your attorney.

Step 5: Work With A Car Accident Attorney

  • A knowledgeable lawyer will collect all necessary information and protect your rights to compensation.