Should you ever happen to witness a car accident, you could be a very important person helping to provide information needed by both law enforcement and those involved in the accident. Never assume that someone else will report the accident or stop to help. They may be thinking the same thing.
Steps to Take if You Witness a Car Accident?
You do need to be cautious when you stop to help. Take care to park in a safe place at least 100 feet away from the accident and put your hazard lights on. Then call 911 to report the accident.
After you have notified authorities about the car accident, you should check on those involved in the accident to see if they need any first aid or assistance, doing what you can. Sometimes just talking to those involved in the accident will help them to remain calm until help arrives.
Even if the accident appears to be minor, you need to remember your own safety first and be careful to avoid other traffic, watching out for leaking gas, broken glass, or any other debris from the accident.
After the authorities arrive you should give a witness statement along with contact information. When you witness a car accident the information you provide can be important if there is any kind of dispute between those involved in the accident.
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you should always consult with a personal injury attorney to make sure that your rights are being protected and that the insurance company is giving you an adequate settlement for your damages. Many accident victims may not even realize that they may be due compensation for items like lost wages, pain & suffering, future medical care and more.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis which means they take their fee as a percentage of whatever you recover for damages. If there is no settlement, there is no fee.
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