Were you involved in or witness to an automobile accident?

Part of the job of any law firm is to be of service to the area they serve.  We at the Upton Firm take this commitment to service very seriously.  It is with that in mind, that we present the following advice on what to do if you are ever involved in or become a witness to an automobile accident.

In the event that you are involved in an automobile accident, or witness a car crash, there are things you can do in the critical moments after that can provide help essential to all those involved.  We think of these actions as the “Four P’s”; Paramedics, People, Protect and Preserve.

Paramedics

Whether you witness the accident or have the misfortune of being in the accident, one of the first and most important things you can do to help is to call 911.  Don’t think that someone else has done it.  You may be able to provide information that the 911 operators need to get help there as soon as possible.

If you are a witness, slow your car to a stop and activate your emergency hazard lights.  This alerts other drivers to the incident and can provide a beacon for the first responders.  This action can also give the first responders the room they need to get to the incident scene.

People

If you can do so safely, without the threat of injury to yourself, check on the occupants of the vehicles involved in the accident.  Calmness and kind words can go a long way in bringing a sense of calm and control to a chaotic scene.  Let people know that you have called the authorities and assure them that help is on the way.  Whether or not you were a witness or involved in the accident, providing some sense of control of the situation can make a real difference.  That being said, when the first responders arrive, clear out of the way and let them do what they are trained to do.  They may have questions for you so stick around until they have matters under control.

Protect

If you are involved in an accident you must do what you can to protect your interest.  Make sure you get the other drivers insurance information and that you have yours to provide as well.  Do not get into the mode of placing blame or apologizing for your part in the incident.  It is best to leave such conclusions of fact to Law Enforcement Officers and Investigators.  Answer the questions of officers and investigators openly and honestly, they have a job to do.

Preserve

Your phone contains a tool that can preserve many issues in the case that could arise out of an auto accident.  Use the camera to take pictures of the scene as it appears, because the scene of the accident may need to be recreated for legal purposes.  It is also a safe bet to take a picture of the insurance cards of the others involved.  This acts as a solid back up should other information be lost.  If your camera has a video option, a video of the events can be a good piece of information for your legal team.

Contact Apex Law Firm

If you are involved in an automobile accident and are in need of the services of attorneys experienced in personal injury litigation in Hartford or New Haven County, contact The APEX Law Firm, LLC at (860) 900-0900 in New Britain or 203-877-4141 in Milford.