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After a Car Accident

After a Car Wreck
A car accident can happen to even the safest of drivers so we should always be prepared for the unfortunate possibility of being involved in an automobile collision. Always keep an ink pen and memo pad in the glove compartment of all of your vehicles.

At the Accident Scene
When you have been involved in a car wreck you should immediately stop, or as soon as possible stop, without blocking traffic. Make sure that the ignition is off to guard against fire.

Notify the appropriate authorities, whether that is local police, county sheriff, or the Alabama State Troopers. If someone is injured make sure to request an ambulance or medical personnel be dispatched as well. If someone is seriously injured remember not to move the injured person because it could result in additional harm or injuries.

Take necessary precautions to warn oncoming traffic of the accident. If you have road flares or reflectors put them out at the scene. If you do not have flares or reflectors a flashlight may work or you can have someone caution the oncoming traffic.

Once the scene is secure and all injured people have been tended to, if your injuries permit, you should begin gathering information. Get the name, address, home phone number, work phone number, and tag numbers, and make and model of all cars of all people involved in the accident. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any and all witnesses. After getting the name, address, and phone number of any witness, try to get statements from them as to what happened. If the witness is willing, have them write down there statement at the scene and have them sign it. Once the officer arrives, write down the officers name, badge number and what law enforcement agency they work for.

Exchange automobile insurance information with all parties involved, and make sure to write down who the insurance company is. All parties involved in the collision should produce their drivers license, and you should copy all information on the drivers license of each person involved. Make a rough drawing of the scene and identify each vehicle involved.

After Leaving the Accident Scene
You should immediately contact an Alabama car accident lawyer to discuss how to proceed. Our attorneys offer a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION on all AL car wreck cases. You should know your rights prior to signing anything.

You must immediately notify your insurance company or insurance agent and failure to make a prompt or correct report may affect your rights. You must cooperate with your insurance company but you are not obligated to cooperate with the insurance companies of the other parties involved in the accident. Be cautious of anyone trying to hurry the case or offer a quick settlement.

Take pictures of your injuries that you may have and the injuries of anyone else who was in your vehicle at the time of the collision. If you have access to the automobile, take pictures of the damage to your vehicle.

Seek medical treatment if there is any chance that you may have been injured. A serious injury does not always cause immediate pain. Your adrenaline at the time of the accident may have prevented you from noticing pain and discomfort.

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