If you have been involved in an accident, it may be difficult, but it is important to try to remain calm. Immediately check to see if you have been injured or if anyone in your vehicle was injured in the car accident. If you or anyone else in the car appear to be seriously injured call 911 immediately. If you are unsure about whether someone is seriously injured, you should call an ambulance to be safe. Even if everyone appears to be safe you may still want to contact the police so that the car wreck can be documented.
If nobody appears to be seriously injured, and you are able, we recommend taking a few pictures of the accident scene and automobiles involved if it is safe to do so. These days, many people either carry a digital camera with them or have the ability to take pictures with a camera on their phones. Pictures of the accident scene can be helpful to explain what happened in the accident when making a claim to an insurance company or presenting your case to a jury should a lawsuit become necessary. Remember; only take pictures of the accident scene if it is safe for you to do so. It is also a good idea to turn on your emergency flashers or put out safety cones/triangles or road flares to warn other motorists that you have been involved in an accident.
Be sure to get the contact information from the parties involved in the accident. This information should include the name, address, driver's license number, and insurance information from all parties involved in the car accident. If possible, make notes of the damage resulting from the accident to the vehicles involved. Also, gather contact information from any witnesses to the accident including addresses and phone numbers should they need to be contacted.
Finally, following the car accident, it is important to not make any statements that may admit liability on your part. Statements like, "I'm sorry, I just wasn't paying attention," could be seen as an admission of liability. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident anywhere in the lowcountry, call a Charleston, SC Car Accident Attorney at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC to handle your case. Our car accident consultations are free of charge, and can provide you with some valuable information.