As disability lawyers in Halifax, we know how scary and stressful vehicle collisions can be. No one should go through this trauma alone and at Cunningham Law Group, we are here to help make sure you get the justice you deserve. You may not know what to do immediately following an accident – below are some steps after you have been involved in a car crash.

Get Medical Help And Call The Police

If you are seriously injured or someone else in the car is hurt, call 911 immediately. You should call the police regardless of the damage to make sure that there is a legal accident report, which helps file a claim with your insurance company.

Take Photos Of The Scene

Take pictures of your vehicle if there is visible damage or if you have any visible injuries. The photos are useful for property damage images. You should take photos of the cars’ positions—such as where they were on the street—and anything else you may find beneficial for the police report and filing a claim. In addition to the photographs, make sure you collect information about the accident like the date and time, the location, the directions of the cars involved, and notes regarding the other driver’s condition. Sometimes it’s helpful to have the police officer’s contact information as well if you need to contact them later in the investigation.

Collect Names, Addresses, And Other Necessary Contact Information

Make sure you are exchanging all necessary information with the other driver—their name, address, and telephone numbers from both the drivers and passengers. When the police arrive, they will do this as well.

Gather Insurance Information And License Plate Number

This goes hand in hand with the above step. Make sure you get a description of the car and license plate number, along with their insurance company, the policy number, and vehicle’s ID number. 

Do Not Sign Quick Settlement Offers 

You should always protect your rights, first and foremost. Sometimes, insurance companies want to take statements immediately after an accident, or want you to sign a settlement offer right away. It can be beneficial to seek legal advice before you sign anything in order to fully understand the situation and potential outcomes. Taking care of yourself is the most important immediate step: you should get the best medical treatment and make sure you are recovering.

Seek Out An Experienced Attorney

Getting hurt in a vehicle collision is stressful, scary, and frustrating. At Cunningham Law Group, we care about our clients by listening to them and paying attention to their individual needs. Make sure you reach out to us after your accident, so we can help you get through the following steps that need to be taken. We can also help you apply for SSDI benefits if you have severe injuries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help as experienced disability lawyers in Halifax.

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