Every auto accident is different, but there are some things that should always be done (and/or avoided) in most scenarios:
-Take photos of the damage done to both cars, preferably before and after any vehicles are moved. If possible, capture both the point of impact between the vehicles as well as on the roadway.
-Call police, especially if the other driver is at fault. If for some reason, the police aren’t called, have the at-fault driver report the accident (and their fault for causing the accident) to their insurance while you are both still at the scene.
-Get the at-fault driver’s insurance information. Ask any police that come and investigate it to procure it for you.
-Identify any and all witnesses and procure their contact information yourself. Do not trust that the police will get it.
-Do not admit to no injury, or deny any injury, at the scene. Better to defer to such a question (“I’m not sure”) because many symptoms don’t manifest until hours or days after a collision (after one’s adrenaline has died down)
-If contemplating consulting an attorney (which we of course recommend), we suggest doing so before you speak to an insurance adjuster, if possible.
-If contemplating consulting an attorney, do some research (ask friends, relatives, and co-workers) and make sure you are consulting an experienced, qualified, reputable, and competent attorney, who will litigate your case if necessary (many attorneys associate with other firms to litigate cases they can’t settle)
Below is an infographic that we've included with our post to help spread awareness on what you should and shouldn't do after you've been in an accident. Follow these tips closely.