Motor Vehicle Accident Checklist
After an accident, there are a few simple steps that you should follow to help ensure that you have the best chance at defending your rights against negligent drivers.
Follow these simple steps after an accident:
- Get the name, phone and insurance company of other driver(s)
- Make a note of the color, make and model of 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
- 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
No matter what your injuries or the situation behind your accident, seek medical attention and contact McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, 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 gentlemen 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.