What to do after you’ve been in a car accident

Posted on January 17,2017 by lawrzwp

At best, being involved in a car accident will disrupt your life to some degree.  At worst, the consequences of a car accident can be life changing.  For drivers in Toledo, car accidents are a way of life, especially during icy and snowbound conditions during the harsh winter months.

When you’re involved in a car accident, you need to take several steps to ensure that your rights are protected and that you do not run afoul of the law.


First and foremost, stay at the scene of the accident.  If you leave, especially where there is major property damage, or someone is hurt or killed, you will face serious repercussions and could face a charge of being a hit and run driver.


Next, make sure all drivers and all passengers of any vehicles involved in the accident are okay.  If anyone requires medical attention, call for police and fire personnel to respond immediately.  Damage to cars can always be fixed and replaced, but people cannot.  And unless you are specifically trained in first-aid, be cautious about rendering help unless the immediate situation is life threatening.


When police arrive, they will take over the accident scene.  You will need to exchange information with other drivers, but be careful with what you say.  Never admit guilt because it could come back to hurt you later on if a lawsuit is filed against you.  As soon as you are able, contact your insurance company.  They will start to provide you with expert guidance and take steps to protect your interests.  Do not lie to them under any circumstances or you could face a denial of coverage of the accident.


Finally, if the accident is serious enough or you are concerned and want to protect your interests to the highest degree possible, look into retaining an attorney.  While an insurance company will protect your interests, for the most part, an attorney is strictly representing your interests and will do the best job at defending you and making sure you get maximum compensation if you are due a settlement.
The Law Office of Rubin & Zyndorf serves clients in Toledo and nearby Ohio communities.