Motor Vehicle Accident Checklist
After an accident, there are a few critical steps that you should follow to help ensure that you have the best chance of defending your rights against negligent drivers as well as present evidence for any insurance claims.
Follow these simple steps after an accident:
- Stay calm and call the police
- Get the name, phone, and contact information of the insurance company of the other driver(s)
- Make a note of the color, make, and model of the other vehicle(s)
- Make a note of the location of the accident, including any side streets
- Take a photograph or draw a diagram of the accident scene and any property damage
- Get the name of any police officers on the scene
- Get the name and phone numbers of any passengers and/or witnesses
- Notify your insurance company
- File an accident report
- Contact our Central Kentucky car accident attorneys at McCoy & Sparks, PLLC to determine if you can file a claim
No matter what your injuries or the situation behind your accident, seek medical attention and contact McCoy & Sparks, personal injury attorneys by filling out the form, or call so we can help get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
There are cases where it doesn’t matter if you contact me two years post-accident, we can still help. If it’s a serious accident, a wrongful death, or a catastrophic injury case, well, we might want to send a team of reconstructionists and experts to the scene as soon as possible, before the tire marks leave the road, before the [inaudible 00:00:24] marks are impacted by traffic, before someone changes the circumstances … We may want to be there to take photographs and have it evaluated.
I do remember a case a few years ago, an older gentleman had fallen coming out of a restaurant. And he said there was a barrier there that you couldn’t differentiate at all the fact that there was a two-inch raise as soon as you walked out the doors and he tripped over it. He had a very bad injury. I went out there that day, so the day his family called me, and took photographs. I then went back out there two weeks later, just to look again, because I wanted to see it from a different angle. It looked totally different two weeks later. It had been painted bright yellow to mark the area and alert people of the fact that there’s a fall risk there. Now, would they have taken the position that that was always there? I don’t know, but they may have. The sooner the better is the answer.