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What to Do After an Accident

Car Accidents in Georgia

Everyday families across the state of Georgia get into their vehicles hoping to get safely from point A to point B. Although you may expect your fellow drivers to respect the rules of the road, sadly, that is not always the case. According to the most recent data available, over 300,000 vehicle crashes occur across our state each year. Over 115,000 of those crashes result in injuries and claim nearly 1,500 lives. Those numbers are staggering.

Now, no one likes to think about themselves or their family members being involved in an auto accident. But, it is a reality for thousands of Georgia families every year. So being safe on our state’s roadways is important, and just as important is what you do after a crash.

10 Things to Do After a Car Wreck:

  1. Call the Police or 911.
  2. Don’t Make a Bad Situation Worse.
    • Stop your vehicle and do not leave the scene.
    • Be aware of other possible dangers, including other drivers.
    • Get emergency medical help for anyone who is injured.
  3. Document the Accident.
    • If safe, take pictures or draw a diagram of the scene.
    • Get insurance information from the other driver.
    • Identify witnesses, and get their contact information and statements.
    • Ask witnesses to stay until the Police can come and talk to them.
  4. Don’t Make Comments or Apologize at the Scene
    • Only talk to the Police.
    • Anything you say to the other driver can be used by their insurance company to deny their responsibility to pay for the accident.
  5. Get Medical Treatment.
    • Even if you don’t think you are hurt, you should always seek medical treatment after a wreck. A doctor will be able to identify injuries or issues you may not immediately recognize.
    • Follow your doctor’s orders.
    • Do not miss any follow up appointments.
  6. Report the Accident to Your Insurance.
    • Notify your agent of the accident.
    • Give them any documentation provided by the police.
    • Do NOT give statements or sign documents sent by the other driver’s insurance company.
  7. File or Get a Copy of the Accident Report from the Police
  8. Take Photos or Video of Your Injuries and Damage to Your Car
  9. Write Down Everything Thing You Remember.
    • Include how the accident happened.
    • Include any comments made by the other driver.
    • Include anything told to you by police, emergency responders or doctors.
  10. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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