What should I do if I’m involved in a car accident?

The first thing to do after any accident is make sure everyone involved is okay. Get medical attention for anyone who needs it, but you shouldn’t try to move someone who is unconscious or is complaining of neck or back pain unless there’s some danger that requires moving the person. It’s often best to wait until medical help arrives.
Call the police, obtain the name and badge number of the responding officer, and ask that a report be filed. Get the names, numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers involved. When possible get the names, numbers, and addresses of all passengers. Ask witnesses what they saw. Get their names, numbers, or addresses too, if possible.
Gathering information about an accident in a private parking lot is even more important, because there is no guarantee that the police will respond or write a report.
In the event of an accident in parking lot, you should do everything that you can to create your own informal version of an accident report.
Never apologize for anything at the scene. You may be admitting legal liability.
Promptly tell your insurance company you’ve been in an accident, but never sign any settlement until you’ve consulted an attorney.
Keep a list of any medical professionals you receive treatment from. Keep detailed records of the treatments and/or medications you receive. You will also want to document how your injuries have impacted your daily life. Be sure to include any missed workdays or other impacts.
Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle as soon as possible. Obtain your insurance company’s damage valuation. Get at least two independent repair estimates or replacement quotes. If you can’t agree on your car’s value, consider mediation or consult an attorney.
Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company. Instead, ask them to call your attorney or insurer to arrange an interview. Also, tell your lawyer or insurer about the call.
For more-detailed information, I invite you to schedule a consultation with us at J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys. We will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you need.