Don’t Drink and Drive!
If you have to drive after drinking be careful, and if the unthinkable happens keep in mind this auto accident checklist. Print it out and keep it in your car too!
If you were involved in an auto accident, would you know what to do? The following “checklist” is designed to help you take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights in case of an accident.
Exchange Documents: Don’t discuss the accident with anyone or blame anyone, including yourself. Exchange only your license, registration and motor vehicle identification card.
Driver and Ownership Facts: Take down the name, address, operator’s license number, date of birth, sex, state of license, and the phone number of the other driver. Write down the name, address, and the insurance company (and policy number) of the owner of the other car involved. The driver may not be the owner of the car.
Injured Parties: Seek information from police for all injured parties involved including passengers. Take down the names, addresses, dates of birth, sex, and extent of injury.
Witnesses: Be sure to write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any people who saw the accident but weren’t involved in it. Passengers in accident are not witnesses.
The Scene: Write down the location including the street, intersection, or any landmarks. If possible take photos of the accident scene. Pay particular attention to skid marks and damages to all vehicles involved. (It is a good idea to carry a disposable camera in your car since in many cases the police will not take a report.)
Report the Accident: Be sure to report the accident to your insurance broker or agent immediately. If the accident involves a death or injury, report it without delay to the police department. Obtain a copy of the police report as soon as its available.
- If you were injured in a serious car accident, do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Solomon, Saltsman and Jamieson at 1 800 405-4222 for a free consultation.
- Take photographs of the damage to your vehicle and of any injuries to yourself and others in your vehicle.
- See your doctor if there is any chance you may have been injured. Serious injuries do not always cause immediate pain.
Keep this checklist in the glove compartment of your car.
The Law Offices of Solomon, Saltsman & Jamieson hope you find these resources useful and informative.