As much as we try to avoid them, auto accidents happen. In our firm we work with those who have been injured due to an accident whether it be from distracted driving, big rigs, or just simply another motorist making a mistake on the highway.
If you are in an accident here are some things to remember:
Before getting out of your vehicle STOP. What is the condition of those inside your vehicle? Next, access your surroundings before exiting the car. If unsafe call 911 from the vehicle and stay put.
Locate your paperwork: insurance, proof of registration, and drivers license.
Approach the other vehicle and assess the condition of the driver and any passengers. If you render aid to those injured, such as assisting them out of the vehicle or putting on a compress to stop bleeding, can you be sued? According to the Arkansas Good Samaritan law, no, not if you are rendering assistance in "good faith to lessen or remove the immediate threat to the life, health, or safety of such a person."
Call 911. Do not rely on others to do this. Give location specifics including any landmarks. This can be especially helpful in rural parts of our state. If you do not know your location, many smart phones are equipped with map apps that will find your location.
Begin documenting the accident with photos and videos.
Exchange information with the other driver and gather witness contact information if possible.
Cooperate with law enforcement.
If you are injured or feel unwell it is better to be checked out by medical professionals immediately than to wait.
Would you like to print a copy of these tips to put into your glovebox? We're providing a handy downloadable on our website.
A lot of accident victims come to us in a panic because they have mounting medical bills. I always suggest working with YOUR insurance provider and I explain this in the below video which I hope is helpful to you.