Do you know what to do after an auto accident?

Many people may say they would know what do to in the event of a car accident, but rattled nerves and heightened anxiety can easily jar their ability to really think clearly-even in situations involving minor or nominal motor vehicle collisions.

Taking note of some important steps to follow in the unfortunate event of an auto accident can significantly reduce unnecessary stress to you and the parties involved and minimize problems down the line.

1. Check on all participants and call the police

Immediately after the accident, check on all drivers and passengers involved to fully grasp the situation and any immediate need for medical attention. Then, call the police-even if the situation is minor. Contacting authorities may seem like a straightforward step, but in many situations, people may be hesitant to get the police involved if the car accident seems pretty nominal. However, filing a police report regardless of how inconsequential the incident is still very important; unidentified property damages or unknown injuries can surface at a later date.

2. Exchange information with the other driver

Next, exchange pertinent information with the other driver including his or her name, phone number, driver's license number and license plate tag. Refrain from revealing details about your actions or admitting fault to anyone until police arrive.

3. Talk to witnesses, take pictures

While waiting for authorities, gather information and evidence from the crash. Talk to any witnesses present, ask them what they saw, and document their observations. Given today's prevalence of mobile device cameras, taking pictures of the roadway, surrounding environment and condition of the vehicles involved is also advised. This evidence may be needed in the future to support your case.

4. Speak to a motor vehicle accident attorney

Speaking with a lawyer knowledgeable in motor vehicle law soon after the auto accident is also essential. An attorney can offer advice on how to proceed and what to say and not to say to insurance carriers and other parties involved. They can also offer guidance on the best way to collect the maximum benefits you are entitled to under the law for your situation.

Even if you or a fellow passenger seems stable soon after the accident, it's important not to presume anything; unsuspecting injuries can pop up a week or even a month later that could result in significant medical treatment and lost wages due to time off work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Do I have to pay for hiring experts, depositions, and other expenses of getting my case to trial?

A:At Cyrus & Adkins, we will advance all costs necessary for the development and presentation of your case. In the event of a successful recovery, whether by settlement or verdict, these necessary costs and expenses are reimbursable to our firm.