When you are involved in a car accident, there are some necessary steps that you must take to ensure everyone is safe and to follow the law. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the following steps can guide you through these important decisions. At Gosanko & O’Halloran, our car accident attorney team can help guide you and your loved ones through this difficult time. We know that you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses and we pride ourselves on working diligently to get you what you deserve. Our legal team understands all laws pertaining to personal injury and car accidents in the State of Washington.
1. Check for injuries.
If you’re injured, call 911. If you’re seriously injured, do not move and wait for medical help.
2. Check on your passengers (if applicable).
If you can move freely without pain, check on your other passengers. If anyone is seriously hurt, call for help.
3. Move your vehicle to safety if you can.
If your car is safe to drive, move it to the side of the road so it isn’t causing a hazard.
4. Call 911 (if you haven’t already).
You must file an accident report and document the accident scene. This is especially important for those that are injured and will want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. When you file a claim with an insurer, they will want a copy of the police report as will one of our personal injury attorneys to begin the legal process.
5. Exchange information.
Always get contact and insurance information of all drivers involved in your accident. Document their full name, contact information, insurance company and policy number, driver’s license and license plate number, type, color, and model of vehicle and the location of the accident. Do not discuss fault at all when going over what happened with the other driver. The insurance adjuster will determine who is at fault.
6. Document the accident scene.
Take pictures if you can. Also, take witness testimony as it will help our personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have witnesses, it validates what happened.
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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a Seattle personal injury lawyer today. Our professional legal staff at the law offices of Gosanko & O’Halloran, PLLC are committed to being the legal advocate you need during this difficult time. We serve all of Seattle, Washington and the surrounding communities. To learn more about our services, visit us at gosankoohalloran.com or give us a call at 206-275-0700 to allow us to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.