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What To Do After An Accident



If you or a family member ever becomes the victim of an automobile accident, make sure you take the following steps.  Doing so with help you immensely in subsequent dealings with your attorney and the insurance companies.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO trade driver's liscense and automobile insurance information with the people in the other car.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO call the police to have them come to the accident site to make a police report.  Describe to the police any injuries you may have suffered, and be sure to cooperate fully with the police at all times.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO call an ambulance and/or other emergency vehicles to the accident scene if necessary.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO write down the names, telephone numbers and addresses of all witnesses to the accident.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO call your insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible.  Make sure to cooperate with your insurance representatives at all times.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO see a qualified personal injury lawyer before giving statements to insurance adjusters or singing any releases from insurance companies.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO take photographs of your damaged car and any injuries to your body, such as cuts, bruises and casts.  Keep a daily journal regarding your medical condition, including but not limited to your pain, headaches, mental condition/stress, and/or inability to interact with loved ones.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO log the amount of time you miss from work and any out-of-pocket expenses you incur related to medical treatment.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO have your car inspected at a qualified auto repair shop that can restore your car to its pre-accident condition.

WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  DO call ROLLE, BREELAND, RYAN & LANDAU if you have any questions about your case for a free consultation about your rights.  You can reach one of our attorneys 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 214-905-2000 or 1-800-234-0786.


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