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What to Do When In a Car Wreck – Part 2 of 3 – The Parian Law Firm, LLC – Car Wreck Lawyers

Posted on - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 under Car Accident, FAQ

This is the second installment of a three part series addressing the second most common question asked lawyers by friends, family, and acquaintances.  What are you supposed to do when you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident?  In the first installment (Part 1), we discussed the initial moments following the accident and how you must (1) contact the police, if able; (2) don’t move your car until the police tell you to move your car; and (3) start writing down names of witnesses.  So what comes next?

(4)  INSURANCE, INSURANCE, INSURANCE!! – 9.5 times out of 10, car wrecks and truck accidents involve more than one vehicle.  Therefore, the next step following the accident is to get the names of all of the other drivers involved.  Ask to see their insurance card.  Don’t be alarmed if the insurance card is in someone else’s name.  If your cell phone is not shattered, take a picture of the front side and back side of the insurance card.  If your cell phone is nowhere to be seen, find pen/pencil/stick and a paper-like material.  Write down the insurance company’s name, policy holder’s name, and policy number.  Should the other driver tell you they do not have car insurance, kick them in the shin.  You have my permission.

(5)  PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES!! – As you can tell from yesterday’s post, I hope you can find your cell phone!!  However, if you cannot, ask to borrow a witness’s cell phone and start snapping photos of the accident scene.  Should the wreck leave you in a position where you are unable to take pictures, ask one of the witnesses helping you to take pictures.  Pictures are very important when dealing with an insurance company.  Adjusters almost always have amnesia about the facts of an accident until they are shown a picture.  These pictures do not have to Olan Mills quality.  They just need to paint a picture of the accident scene.

(6)  NEVER ADMIT FAULT!! – So, okay, you were all caught up in singing the latest Nickelback song.  Yeah, you hit the car in front of you.  However, something just doesn’t seem right to you.  The person in the other car gets out of his car, walks two steps, falls to the ground and starts screaming that you hit him.  Whatever your inner “angel” tells you, DO NOT ADMIT IT WAS YOUR FAULT!  Take a deep breath.  Police officers will be there soon enough.  They are trained in investigating wrecks of all kinds.  Let them do the investigating.  You just be truthful when asked questions.

The final piece of this puzzle on “what to do when I have been involved in a motor vehicle accident?” comes tomorrow.  The car wreck lawyers at The Parian Law Firm, LLC are experienced with car wreck and truck accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been injured in such an accident.  The car accident lawyers at The Parian Law Firm, LLC – and the law firms throughout the country that The Parian Law Firm, LLC has strategic partnerships with – have a track record of recovering millions of dollars in car wreck and truck accident cases.  Our car wreck lawyers are licensed in Georgia and Alabama, but take cases all over the United States.  Please contact us at (770) 727-5550 or fill out a contact form at www.westgalawyer.com for a no-obligation assessment by one of our car wreck lawyers of your potential car wreck or truck accident claim.

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