I was just in a car accident, now what do I do?

Car Accident Questions And Answers. If you are in a car accident in Minnesota, make sure to do these things:

Turn off your vehicle. You don’t know the full extent of the damage to your car – reduce the risk of fire and further injury.

Warn other drivers. Activate your four-way flashers immediately and, if available, use flares or reflective devices to alert others of your stopped vehicle.

Don’t move injured persons. It is generally better to keep an injured person stationary until qualified medical personnel arrive, unless that person is in danger because of fire, traffic, or other emergency situation.

Call the police. It is critical that the police are called to the scene, even in situations where it does not appear there was much damage to the cars and/or no one appears to be injured. Hopefully the police will write an accident report, interview witnesses, and verify the drivers’ insurance information. Cooperate with the responding officer by answering his or her questions simply and directly, and with only the facts that you personally know and observed. Be truthful.

Exchange driver and vehicle information. MN law mandates that drivers involved in an accident provide their name, address, date of birth, vehicle registration number, proof of ownership, name and address of automobile insurance company and proof of insurance. Even in accidents with little or no damage, it is imperative that this information be exchanged. Also write down the license plate number of the other car.

Obtain names of witnesses. Unfortunately, the police report does not always identify all of the eyewitnesses to the accident, either because the witnesses leave the scene before the police arrive, or the officer simply chooses not to take down their information. Therefore, if possible, you should obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of any persons who witnessed the accident.

Don’t admit fault. Make no apologies or admit fault to anyone, even the police. You may not know all of the facts that contributed to the collision. A thorough investigation later may show that you were not the cause of the crash.

Consult a doctor if you are experiencing pain or other symptoms. Your medical needs should be your highest priority, and any pain or discomfort should not be ignored. Make sure to describe all your symptoms to your doctor, and completely and honestly answer all of his or her questions.

Contact our office before calling your insurance company. Our personal injury lawyers will explain your rights, offer you advice on what information to provide your insurance company (such as not to give them a recorded statement), how to get your medical bills paid, and how to obtain compensation for any damage to your vehicle. Your conversation with us will be confidential regardless of whether you ultimately have a case we can handle for you.