What Should You Do After a Georgia Car Accident?
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in 2008, there were more than 306,000 crashes on state roadways, resulting in almost 116,000 injuries and about 1,500 fatalities. These alarming statistics point to the need for even the safest drivers to know the steps to take after car accidents in Georgia.
Do Not Admit Fault If You Are Involved in a Car Accident in Georgia
In the moments following an accident, be careful what you say to other passengers or drivers involved in the accident, and witnesses to the accident. While the police are likely to ask you to describe what happened, it is important to keep your description clinical, and never admit any degree of fault. And while you must conduct business with the other drivers, you should avoid discussing the accident in any way.
Frank discussions about the accident should be avoided until you discuss your case with a lawyer preferably before you call in an insurance claim.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
Taking the right steps immediately following car accidents can save lives. And doing so helps ensure you have the evidence needed to pursue an effective auto accident case. You should understand these steps before you ever get behind the wheel:
Call for help: Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone involved in the accident. A single call to 911 ensures appropriate emergency workers and paramedics arrive at the scene to provide the help needed by each accident victim.
Collect information: Georgia law mandates that all drivers carry accident liability insurance. Make sure you look at each driver’s insurance card, making note of the policy number and expiration dates. Also, take note of the license number, address information, and expiration date from each driver’s license. Ask for phone numbers from both drivers and witnesses.
Collect evidence from the scene: A cell phone camera can be critical for taking photos of damage to all vehicles, injuries, and the accident site. Be sure to capture skid marks and road conditions, such as ice or water on the roadway. Retain damaged clothing and items inside the car as well.
- Seek professional help: As soon as possible, see a doctor if you sustained any injuries, retaining all receipts and medical reports. And contact an experienced attorney from Henry Spiegel Milling LLP for a free initial consultation to discuss your case before filing an insurance claim or taking any other legal action.
Contact Henry Spiegel Milling LLP Today to Speak to a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer
The outcome of an auto accident case can change your life. Our skilled Atlanta car accident lawyers can help ensure that your outcome is positive. At Henry Spiegel Milling LLP, we have a dedicated team of automobile accident lawyers in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia.