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Important Steps to Take After an Accident

Law Offices of Nicholas R. Sabatine III, P.C. June 13, 2024

car crash accident on street. damaged automobilesAccidents are unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any time. Knowing the immediate steps to take can make a significant difference in the aftermath.  

The effects of an accident can be overwhelming, and understanding your legal rights is crucial to mitigating the damage. Personal injury law exists to protect those who have been harmed due to another's negligence. Knowing how this law applies to your situation is the first step towards seeking justice and compensation. 

The Law Offices of Nicholas R. Sabatine III, P.C. offers practical advice for personal injury victims and anyone involved in an accident. Whether you're a car owner, truck owner, motorcycle owner, or pedestrian, following the steps below helps ensure your safety and protect your rights. 

1. Stay at the Scene 

When you get in a car accident involving injuries or damages to vehicles, Texas law requires you to stay at the scene or else you may face criminal implications. If you leave without verifying everyone is okay, you may be accused of a hit-and-run.  

The best way to avoid a hit-and-run accusation is to stay put until the police arrive. They will let you know when you are okay to leave. 

2. Check for Safety 

If you or someone else is injured, seek medical assistance right away. 

Next, if possible, move to a safe location away from traffic or any other hazards. This may mean moving your vehicle to the side of the road or stepping onto the sidewalk. Use hazard lights, and set up warning triangles or flares to alert oncoming traffic of the accident. 

Additionally, request medical assistance, even if injuries seem minor. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a medical professional can verify that all injuries are properly documented. Cooperate fully with responders by providing accurate information and following their instructions. 

3. Contact the Police 

Regardless of the severity of the accident, it's essential to call the police to file an official report, which will be referenced for any subsequent legal or insurance claims. A police report provides official documentation of the accident, which is necessary information for insurance claims and potential legal proceedings. Make sure you obtain a copy of the police report for your records.  

Official reports and witness statements can be critical in establishing the facts of the case. The Law Offices of Nicholas R. Sabatine III, P.C. can guide you on how to obtain these documents and use them effectively. 

4. Document the Scene and Gather Evidence 

Take photographs of vehicle damages, license plates, and the overall accident scene. These images help show a clear picture of the incident and support your claims. 

Obtain names and contact details of any witnesses. Their accounts can provide an unbiased perspective on what happened. Write down important details and make sketches of the accident scene to capture the event accurately. 

5. Exchange Information 

Obtain the other drivers’ names, contact information, and driver’s license numbers. Record vehicle registration numbers and insurance details as well.  

While exchanging information, keep conversations factual and be sure to avoid admitting fault. Admitting fault complicates legal proceedings and affects your ability to claim compensation. 

6. Notify Your Insurance Company 

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide documentation such as the police report, medical records, and any photographs to support your claim. 

When speaking with insurance adjusters, be mindful of the information you give. Understand your coverage and know your rights during the claims process. Nick and his team can assist you in protecting your rights during insurance negotiations. 

7. Consult an Attorney 

Signs you might need a personal injury lawyer include severe injuries, disputes over liability, or issues with insurance claims. Choosing the right attorney, like Nick from the Law Offices of Nicholas R. Sabatine III, P.C., makes a significant difference in the outcome of your case.  

Here's some way Nick can meet your needs: 

Understanding your rights: Nick can clarify your rights and guide you through the legal processes and jargon. Knowing what you are entitled to can set the foundation for a successful claim. 

Accurate damage assessment: Serious injuries often result in significant medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and emotional distress. Nick will assess the full extent of your damages so you pursue the maximum compensation necessary to cover all current and future expenses. 

Negotiating with insurance companies: Insurance companies are often more interested in protecting their bottom line than giving fair settlements. Nick will effectively negotiate on your behalf, countering lowball offers so you receive a fair settlement. 

Proving liability: Attorneys have the resources and expertise to conduct thorough investigations and gather crucial evidence to build a compelling case that proves liability. Nick knows who to communicate with to collect the information needed to effectively and accurately defend your case. 

Representation in court: If your case goes to trial, legal representation is invaluable. Nick will present your case, cross-examine witnesses, and craft persuasive arguments to maximize your chances of a favorable verdict. 

Contact Nick Today 

The Law Offices of Nicholas R. Sabatine III, P.C. specializes in personal injury cases. With almost 50 years of combined experience, their attorneys take the time to understand the unique circumstances of your accident and tailoring their strategy to meet your needs. 

Personal injury attorney Nick works with his son to serve clients in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, and throughout the Greater Slate Belt area, Nazareth, East Stroudsburg, Saylorsburg, and Monroe County. Contact Nick today for guidance through each of the elements involved after an accident.