What to Do After a Car Accident

What should you do if you’ve been in a car accident? Should you call the police? What information do you need from the other party? Follow these 12 steps to avoid long term complications.

  1. Stop. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident.
  2. Dial 911 if anyone needs urgent medical care.
  3. Call and cooperate with the police or Highway Patrol. Give only facts, not opinions.
  4. Be careful what you say. Don’t admit fault or make a statement until you talk to Berglund & Johnson.
  5. Don’t sign anything except a traffic ticket.
  6. Obtain all witness contact information.
  7. Exchange information with the other driver. Show the other driver your driver’s license, car license number and insurance company information.
  8. Take photographs of your vehicle and other vehicle, your injuries and accident scene (including skid marks, debris, traffic controls, etc); you can use your cell phone camera.
  9. Seek medical attention immediately. You may have injuries you are not aware of.
  10. Report the accident to the DMV within 10 days (if you are uninsured call Berglund & Johnson first).
  11. Notify and cooperate with your insurance company. Remember, however, they may not be on your side now that you have a claim.
  12. Contact Berglund & Johnson to protect your rights; to answer your questions; to have the legal burden of this accident lifted from you.