WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT?
AUTO ACCIDENT CHECK LIST
You are driving along in your vehicle and are suddenly involved in a car accident due to the fault of another driver. As a result, you may have a personal injury claim to pursue with one of the personal injury attorneys at Fox and Fox Attorneys at Law, PC. If you are involved in an automobile accident, you must act quickly to ensure your safety and preserve the information and evidence that would assist you with a claim for personal injury as a result of the accident.
As a general point to consider, you should make certain that when operating your vehicle, you always have your driver’s license, insurance and registration cards to provide to the police or other parties to an accident should one occur.
After the accident occurs, take the following steps:
1. Call the police to report the accident and provide your version. Do not leave the scene until the police complete their investigation.
2. Take photographs of the scene of the accident, the position of the vehicles after the accident, and the damage before they are moved, the parties involved, and any injuries that you sustained.
3. Obtain the name, address and telephone number of all parties involved in the accident and any potential witnesses. Exchange with drivers/occupants and injured persons: names, addresses and registration numbers of vehicles involved. Exhibit your driver’s license and insurance information, upon request, to drivers/occupants of all vehicles involved, persons injured and responding officers. When the police investigate the accident, they will secure this information as well.
4. Do not discuss the details of the accident with the other driver or occupants of the other vehicle.
5. Proceed immediately after the accident to obtain a medical examination or treatment, such as a visit to a hospital emergency room, and to document any injuries that you sustained and the occurrence of the accident. Follow up with your family doctor as well.
6. Prior to speaking to a representative from the insurance company for the other driver, you should consult with an attorney to discuss your rights and responsibilities pertaining to your involvement in the accident. Contact your insurance company to report the accident and establish a claim for First Party Benefit medical coverage.
The damages that you may pursue in a personal injury claim are for out-of-pocket medical bills not paid by automobile insurance coverage, wage loss, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact Fox and Fox Attorneys at Law, PC, 610-275-7990 to discuss the accident
There is a time limit in Pennsylvania for filing a lawsuit for a personal injury claim which is two years from the date of the accident. If your claim is not settled with the other driver or the insurance company for the other driver within two years, you must file a lawsuit prior to the expiration of two years from the date of the accident or any claim that you may have will be forever time-barred.
If you are involved in an automobile accident and have been injured, the attorneys at Fox and Fox Attorneys at Law, PC can assist you with any potential personal injury claim that you may have. Fox and Fox Attorneys at Law, PC provides “free” consultations and our representation is based upon a Contingent Fee arrangement whereby if there is no recovery made then no fee is paid. We are available 7 days a week to serve your legal needs regarding any personal injury claim you may have as a result of being involved in an automobile accident. 610-275-7990. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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