THE KATZEN LAW FIRM
Civil Litigation Firm
What to Do After an Accident
If you are involved in an accident, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the best outcome. Our firm is ready to assist you with your needs - don't hesitate to contact us here in Washington, DC as quickly as possible!
No matter how minor an accident may be, failure to stop can often result in criminal consequences.
When possible, try to stop your vehicle at the point nearest to the accident scene, without blocking traffic.
If anyone is injured, render aid to the extent that you are qualified.
Call a doctor and/or an ambulance.
DO NOT attempt to move an injured person in any way that could potentially add to his or her injury.
CALL THE POLICE.
State and local police officers are trained accident investigators.
GATHER AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE.
Write down and take pictures of EVERYTHING. DO NOT TRUST YOUR MEMORY.
Names, license plate, driver's license number, insurance information, witnesses, and anything else you think may be helpful, no matter how minor it may seem.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY.
Discuss the accident with the investigating officer.
DO NOT admit fault, as you may discover that the other driver was equally or more at fault.
CONTACT YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER.
If there is even the slightest chance you may be injured, contact your medical provider immediately.
CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.
Your insurance company will help you investigate the accident as well as assist with your property damage (if part of policy).
Failure to promptly notify your insurance company may leave you without coverage for damages resulting from the accident.