First Steps to Take After an Incident

Any time someone suffers an injury as a result of another's negligence, it can be difficult to keep calm, especially if the injury is substantial. The reaction of the victim along with the first actions they take can play important roles when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Here, The Rodzik Law Group's personal injury attorney in Wilmington NC shares the first steps you should take if you are involved in an accident. Printing out this page and keeping a copy in your glove box will help ensure that you don't miss a crucial step.

Step 1: Determine the Extent of Any Injuries

If you are involved in an accident, the first step is to always determine the extent of yours and anyone else's injuries. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 and request an ambulance immediately. If someone is injured to the point that they are not breathing, then administer CPR if you are adequately trained in it.

If there are only minor injuries, then call 911 to report the accident and request the police.

Step 2: Avoid Discussing the Accident with the Involved Parties

It may seem like the right thing to do, especially when waiting for the police to arrive, but avoid discussing the accident with the other involved parties. Do not try to explain what happened or place the blame on anyone. Should the case go to litigation, anything you said at the scene could wind up working against you.

Step 3: Exchange Insurance Information with the Other Involved Parties

Although you shouldn't discuss the accident, you should exchange insurance information with the other involved parties while you wait for the police to arrive. Try to get the vehicle identification numbers in addition to the insurance carriers and policy numbers.

Step 4: Take Photos of the Accident Scene

If you have a smartphone with a camera, then take pictures of the accident scene and any damage absorbed by the vehicles. If you do not have a cell phone with a camera, you should always keep a disposable camera in your glove box to document the accident in the event you are ever in one. If the case goes to court, then your photos will be important evidence on your behalf.

Step 5: Give a Clear and Detailed Account of the Accident to the Police

When the police arrive, give the officer a clear and detailed account of the accident from your perspective. Don’t rely on the police to get all of the facts from witnesses. Make sure that you write down any names, addresses, and statements from witnesses.

If the police or your insurance company asks whether or not you suffered any injuries, do not rely with a definitive answer. Often, the adrenaline rush caused by the accident can make one feel uninjured and in many cases, injuries like whiplash do not actually show up until a day or two after the accident.

Step 6: Contact The Rodzik Law Group's Personal Injury Attorney in Wilmington NC as Soon as Possible

If there was any chance that the accident or injury was caused by another's negligence, then you should contact The Rodzik Law Group's personal injury attorney in Wilmington NC as soon after the incident as possible. You may have an actionable claim and be entitled damages. We can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damages, and more.

If you were recently injured in an accident, call the Law Firm of The Rodzik Law Group today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation. With The Rodzik Law Group, you don't pay unless we win your case!