Top 3 Priorities after a Car Accident in Cleveland, Ohio
Tend to Medical Needs and Immediate Safety
The first thing to do after an accident, obviously, is to check on yourself and everyone else’s condition and tend to any immediate medical needs. Turn of the ignition of your car, call 9-1-1, and assist anyone who is injured. If you’re able, move out of the way of traffic and off to the side of the road to avoid being struck by cars.
You can help anyone injured as you await the paramedics, but don’t attempt to move anyone who has been severely injured. Also, anyone who was in an accident – even if they “feel fine” – should receive a medical examination shortly after the accident. There could be internal injuries or other types of delayed onset injuries that you’ll want to rule out.
Collect all Important Information
Your second priority is to begin gathering important details.
If you’re able, begin collecting as much information about the accident as you can:
- A copy the accident report;
- The police officer’s name and badge number;
- The other party’s name, insurance information, driver’s license number, and contact number;
- Photos of the vehicle, injuries, and the scene;
- Video footage of the scene;
- Notes of any important comments any witnesses made; and
- Witnesses’ contact information.
This information might come in handy when you file your car accident claim; it can help you recall details when speaking with your agent, and help verify the facts. It can also be instrumental in proving your case should the other driver’s insurer dispute fault and thus you have to take the case to court.
Contact Your Insurance Company and an Attorney
Then you’ll want to put in call to your insurance company to report the accident. You may also contact the other driver’s insurer, as Ohio is a fault-based insurance state and you’ll file a claim against the other driver’s policy if he or she is at fault.
It’s a good idea to consult a car accident attorney
prior to giving a statement to anyone other than the police. When an insurance adjuster requests that you give a recorded statement, you have the right to reschedule the call. This will allow you time to speak with your attorney.
Your attorney can:
- Advise you on your rights;
- Explain your legal options; and
- Help you avoid costly mistakes that could wreck your claim.
Speaking to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident is always a good idea. Should your claim go sour or should you have any problems collecting your settlement check, your attorney will be prepared to take action.
For Legal Help after a Car Accident in Cleveland: Ryan, LLP
If you have legal questions or concerns, or have recently been involved in a car accident, call Ryan, LLP, which serves clients in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. We can go over the basics of your claim and advise you on the best course of action for your particular circumstances. Contact us
to schedule a free consultation today at (877) 864-9495.
About the author of this article: Thomas Ryan