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What to Do If You've Been Involved in an Auto Accident

The moments following an automobile accident can be frightening and chaotic and take a heavy emotional toll on those involved. In such moments your decision-making may not be at its best, which is why it is so important to know what to do and how to react. The Phoenix personal injury lawyers and car accident attorneys of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC invite you to take a moment to consider the car accident checklist included below. By following this checklist you’ll know just what to do if you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Get help. Contact emergency personnel immediately following a motor vehicle accident. You should never assume that passersby or bystanders have called 911. Always take a moment to make sure the authorities have been notified and are on their way.

Make certain the injured receive medical attention. If you are not injured, assess the other people involved in the accident. You should never move seriously injured victims, and if you’ve been injured you should stay where you are and try to relax. Again, make certain that emergency personnel have been contacted and follow any instructions the 911 Operator may give to you.

Exchange information. While you should never discuss the details of your accident with other drivers, always exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, driver’s license numbers and license plate numbers.

Document the accident. Make notes about any damage to the vehicles involved and photograph the damage if possible.

Contact your insurance company. Make sure to call your auto insurance company right away and inform them of the accident. IMPORTANT NOTE: Be careful about making statements to your insurance company until you’ve spoken with a lawyer.

Seek medical attention - Remember to seek medical attention even if you don’t seem or feel injured in the aftermath of the accident. Additional pain and injuries often pop up in the days following an accident, making it important for the sake of your case that you were checked out immediately by medical personnel.

Consult with an attorney. It is vital that you consult with an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney just as soon as possible after a serious accident.

Making certain your rights are protected following a serious motor vehicle accident is job one for our Mesa-based personal injury law firm. The automobile accident lawyers of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC remind you of the importance of knowing what steps to take following an automobile accident, and of consulting with an attorney from our firm as soon as possible.

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