In the event that you are involved in a New Haven auto accident you will need to be prepared with how to proceed. Of course, the hope is that you will not be involved in an accident, but these things do happen and the best thing you can do is to make sure you know how to proceed if something like this were to happen.
Taking the proper steps to protect yourself and keep everyone who was involved in the accident safe and free from any additional harm is extremely important. Before you begin collecting any data for insurance or a police report it is important that you make sure that you are not injured, your passengers are not injured and anyone else that is involved in the accident is not injured. If there are injuries, this should be your number one priority. Get medical attention for those that are injured before you move forward. Once injuries have been addressed then you can move forward with the additional steps in making sure all of your bases are covered after an accident.
After you’ve made sure that all injured parties are cared for you, you should also take steps to remove your vehicle and other vehicles that are involved in the incident to a location where you can be safe and free from additional traffic dangers. There are some cases where you will be unable to move vehicles to a safer location due to damage, but if you are still able to drive your vehicle and the other vehicles involved in the accident are able to be moved, you should do so in order to allow free flow of traffic and safety for you and the others involved in the accident.
Once you have taken these steps it is important that you and the other parties who are involved in the incident begin an exchange of information so you can start the process of making sure everyone involved is compensated fairly for their injuries and property damage. To do this, there are pieces of information that you will need to collect from those who are involved. It may make sense to keep this list with you so you do not have to remember it if you are in an accident. Feel free to copy it or print it out so you can use it in the event of an accident. The information you should collect from those involved in the incident with you include;
1.) The names of all the people involved. You should get the names of passengers of the vehicles, the driver of the vehicles and any eyewitnesses that may have seen what happened during the accident.
2.) If you’re able to you will want to make sure you collect the addresses and email addresses of those who were involved in the incident.
3.) Information relating to the vehicles that were involved in the accident including make, model, year, vehicle identification number and license plate number.
4.) Drivers license number of all those who were involved in the accident.
5.) Information regarding the insurance company that each of the parties uses for their auto insurance. For this, you should make sure you get the policy number and the carrier’s name.
By collecting quality information at the scene of a New Haven auto accident you will be setting yourself up for success when it comes time to file a claim with your insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver who was involved. If you have incomplete information you may spend additional days, weeks or even months trying to track down this information which can delay the process and leave you with lingering issues until it is resolved.
In the event that you do get into an accident and become injured you may also need someone to represent you in dealing with your situation. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your situation and work with you to protect your long-term interests.