A car accident is not something you can ever predict; however if one does occur, you should know what to do immediately thereafter to reduce the severity of its repercussions. Neil Lanzi, P.A. has compiled step-by-step instructions of what to do immediately after getting into an accident. We hope it helps if that terrible moment ever does occur.
- If you can do so safely, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road out of harm’s way.
- Whether you are at fault or not, call 911 for help if you believe you, someone in your vehicle or someone in the other vehicle has been injured.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident.
- Do not volunteer any information to anyone. For example, do not state to the other driver, “I am so sorry, I was sending a text message.”
- Limit your immediate communications to medical care providers only.
- Exchange information with the other driver; vehicle registration, year, make and model.
- Obtain insurance information of the other driver, including company name and address, policy number, contact information for agent and/or claims.
- Obtain driver’s license information from the other driver.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you are injured (Medical claims lose credibility when medical attention is not obtained promptly and when needed after the accident).
- If you are able, take photographs from your phone of your vehicle and the other vehicle involved in the accident.
- Contact the law Office of J. Neil Lanzi, P.A. after you have received medical attention.
- Do not provide any statements to any insurance representatives (except for your own agent) and/or claims adjusters until you have contacted legal counsel.
- Once you are represented by counsel, let the attorney handle the claim and have no communication with the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company.
- Follow the instructions of your doctor and physical therapist. Keep all appointments (Missing appointments also hurts the credibility of the medical claim).
- Allow your counsel to process your medical bills through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage on your auto policy rather than health insurance.
- Follow the advice of your legal counsel and upon completion of your medical treatment, counsel will attempt to resolve your claim with the at fault driver’s insurance company.
Please contact us for a more information or if you were recently in an automobile accident in Towson or the Baltimore area in Maryland.