Steps to Take If You’re in an Automobile Accident

An average of 2.35 million Americans are injured or disabled in car accidents each year, according to statistics from the Association for Safe International Road Travel.

Often times when an accident occurs the individuals involved feel overwhelmed even if they are able to walk away from the accident site. What information needs to be collected? What should you expect from your insurance company? Who was at fault? How should you move forward after an injury caused by an automobile accident?

automobile accidentHere at Schuerman Law, we receive many inquiries regarding automobile accidents and personal injury claims.

  • Check to see if anyone has been injured; if so, call 911 immediately.
  • Call the police to find out if they need to send an officer to the scene.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene before moving your vehicle to a safe nearby location if it is drivable. Do not leave the scene until the police state that you may leave.
  • Collect the following information before leaving the scene: names, phone number, physical addresses, and email addresses of all vehicle occupants and witnesses; the exact location of the accident; the company name, policy number, and phone number for insurance companies of other vehicles involved in the accident; and if emergency services are on the scene: police report number, phone number, officer name and badge number.

Write down everything that happens after the accident. This could include hospital bills, lost work or wages, medical bills, etc.

If you or someone you love suffered from a personal injury in an automobile accident, you must file your claim within the statute of limitations. The state of Indiana has a two year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, but filing sooner rather than later is usually a good idea.

If you need advice regarding whether or not to pursue a personal injury claim, schedule a free consultation with the lawyers at Schuerman Law today. With over forty years of experience with personal injury law and extensive experience with automobile accident cases, the team at Schuerman Law has the experience and knowledge necessary to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.