Continuing from Do You Know What You Should Do after a Car Accident? (Part 1), here are some additional important tips for what drivers should do if they are involved in car accident. By following these tips after any type of motor vehicle accidents, drivers can be sure to protect their rights and interests in the event they plan on filing a car accident lawsuit (or if they are named as a defendant in a car accident lawsuit) in the future.
After evaluating whether anyone in the accident has been injured and calling the proper authorities, the next steps will be to:
- Wait for police to arrive at the scene: Once police have been informed of the accident, all involved parties will need to remain at the scene until police arrive and tell them that it’s alright to leave. Leaving before this official OK will not only look bad to insurance companies or to the court if a lawsuit is later filed, but it can also result in criminal hit-and-run charges being filed against an individual (and such criminal charges can lead to prison time, expensive fines and possibly even a permanent criminal record upon conviction).
- Take down others’ personal information: As those involved in the accident wait for police, they should write down the personal information of all other parties involved in the accident. Specifically, this includes taking the names, drivers’ license numbers, drivers’ license plate numbers, contact information and insurance information of other drivers (and the names, drivers’ license numbers and contact information of involved vehicle occupants or witnesses to the accident).
This information will be invaluable when you file your insurance claim (which should be done immediately after the accident) or if you choose to file a car accident lawsuit in the future (within two years of the date of the accident, according the statute of limitations set for in Colorado civil laws).
Englewood Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Englewood personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.