What to do immediately after an accident in Ohio?
The odds that the average American will be involved in an accident at some point in their lives is relatively likely. If you have never been involved in an accident, then you might be wondering what steps you should take after it happens. Accidents are a time of stress, confusion, and often anger, so it is important to know how to handle the situation to protect yourself.
If you have been involved in an accident, the first thing to do is stop. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, no matter how minor. Protect the scene buy putting your hazards on or setting up flares if need be. This will help to protect other drivers and preserve the scene for when the police arrive. If it is safe for all parties to do, vehicles should be moved the side of the road to allow for traffic to keep moving. It is a good idea to call the police, even if there are no serious injuries.
A police report is often needed if you wish to file a claim with your insurance company or seek the help of an attorney. Making an accurate report to the police is crucial. You should tell the investigating officer exactly what happened and should not speculate or guess certain facts. If you do not know something it is ok to tell the officer that you do not know. If your vehicles have visible damage or you have injuries, you should try and take pictures of the damage. It is important to not interfere with the police investigation, so if you cannot take pictures at the scene of the accident, try to take them as soon as you are able to.
If the police do not respond to the scene, then you must make sure to exchange your information with the other driver. Get their name, address, telephone number, names of any passengers, and their insurance information. If you are injured seek medical attention immediately. Even if you are not visibly injured, it is still worth seeking the treatment of a physician as some injuries are not always immediately apparent. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible and begin to keep a file of all accident-related documents. This will help you as you work with your insurance or if you choose to pursue a claim with the help of an attorney.
Finally, perhaps the most important thing you can do is take steps to protect yourself. Seeking the advice of an attorney is recommended as an attorney will be able to advise you on a variety of topics, including how to get the best compensation possible.
If you have been involved in an accident recently, the experienced attorneys at Tompkins, Selph & Associates are here to protect your rights and work with you to get the best possible outcome.
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