After a Winter Car Accident
Know What Steps to Take After Your Winter Car Accident
The steps you take immediately after an accident can be important to your case. We know accidents can be disorienting and confusing, especially those occurring in the winter. But with a little knowledge, you'll know exactly what to do after a car accident.
By following these steps, you'll be able to provide the necessary information needed for your case. Remember, there are time limits to file an injury claim, also know as statutes of limitation. Read below for more information:
Statutes of limitations restrict the time period that a person can file a lawsuit.
A personal injury action must be filed within two years of the date when the injury occurred.
However, there is a "discovery rule," which, in limited cases, extends the time for filing a personal injury action.
The Steps to Take after a Winter Car Accident
Step 1 – Move to a Safe Place
- After an accident, it's important to move yourself to safety. You don't want a minor accident to turn into something much more serious.
- If you're able to move your car, make sure it's out of the path of other vehicles.
Step 2 – Call 911 and Contact the Police
- Make sure you get immediate medical attention for anyone injured in the accident.
- Filing a police report is always a good idea – it can be a reliable document later on.
- Remain calm, don't place blame, and only speak to the cops about the accident details.
Step 3 – Preserve Evidence for Your Case
- If possible, take photographs and video of the accident scene, your injuries, and the damage to your vehicle.
- Photograph any poor road conditions, damaged or covered signs, or anything else that contributed to the collision. Look for any ice that was a result of pooling water.
- Get information from other drivers, including their name, address, phone number, driver's license number, and insurance information.
- Obtain the contact information from any witnesses.
- Call your insurance company to report the accident, but don't give a recorded statement.
- Do not talk to the other driver's insurance company. Leave that to your insurance company or attorney.
Step 4 – Contact an Experienced Attorney
Car accidents are frustrating, messy situations, especially as you're fighting to recover from your injuries. That's why we're here. We'll take the mess and hassles off your hands, so you can focus on getting better, confident that you're in good hands.
Our experienced attorneys won't let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Your injuries aren't a bargaining chip, and you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as your lost time at work.
Contact Us Today
We're available around the clock. When you call, our legal professionals will review your case for free. We can answer any questions you have, and we'll determine if you have case. Remember, there's no obligation to hire our law firm after you call. Get the legal help you need.