What should I do after a car accident?

It is no surprise that Pittsburgh car accidents can result in serious injuries or death. Many of us will be involved in at least one car accident in our lifetimes, so it is important to know what steps to take following automobile accidents.First, you should always make sure that you stay at the scene of an accident, especially if someone was injured. Failure to do so may mean criminal charges against you as a hit-and-run driver. After contacting emergency medical services if necessary, you should call the police if there is significant property damage, physical injury or death. While at the scene of the incident, be careful not to apologize or take responsibility for anything at the scene. If you do, you may be admitting legal liability for what happened. The next step involves documenting the accident. Make sure to take down all of the other driver’s information, including license plate number, insurance information and contact information. Drivers can also benefit from writing down details about the accident itself and talking to witnesses at the scene. Take photos and video of the damages. It may be beneficial to get the property damage valuation from your insurance company.

It may be necessary to seek independent repair estimates as well. If you have injuries, from seemingly minor ailments to serious injury, make sure to keep track of your treatment, doctors, and medical bills. You may also keep a record of how the injuries affected your day to day life.

Avoid discussing the accident with anyone other than police and your insurance company. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in serious injuries and significant property damage. In such cases, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney to help you manage your case.

Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” accessed June 30, 2015