Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers
Unfortunately, at some time in our lives, most of us will experience an automobile accident. When you are in a car accident, even if you are not
injured, there are certain things that you should and should not do.
If you are involved in personal injury litigation arising from a car accident, you will benefit from consulting a personal injury lawyer Stay At The
If you are involved in an accident involving injury, or substantial damage to property, stay at the accident scene until the police tell you that you can
leave. If you have any question about whether the damage caused by the accident is substantial, err on the side of caution -- when the law requires
you to wait for the police, leaving the scene of an accident can result in driver's license sanctions and even criminal charges.
Safeguard The Injured
If somebody is injured, and you are trained in administering first aid, try to help. Do not move an injured person. Have somebody call the police to
report the accident. The person who contacts the police should tell the police that people are injured, if possible also providing the number of injured
persons, so that enough emergency personnel respond to the scene. If you are on the roadway, turn your flashers on, or use flares to warn
approaching traffic of the accident.
In any accident, you should obtain the following information about:
The other driver: Name, address, driver's license number, insurance information, and license plate number.
Witnesses: Name, address, and telephone number.
Police officers: Ask the police officer's who investigate the traffic scene to provide you with a business card, with
the "incident number," so that you can obtain an accident report. Most officers will provide this information to you, even if you don't ask.