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What to Do After An Auto Accident

Steps to Take Immediately After An Auto Wreck:

A car accident is an upsetting and stressful event. If you are injured you may experience panic and upset in addition to you injuries. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, it is imperative that you take the right steps to make sure that everyone involved is secure and safe and that your rights are protected.

First, stay calm.

  • Check yourself, your passengers and the occupants of the other vehicles for injuries. Call an ambulance right away if anyone in any of the vehicles involved needs medical attention.
  • If at all possible, and if conditions are safe enough, all vehicles should be moved to the side of the roadway as required by Georgia law .
  • If possible, drivers must turn on hazard lights to warn other drivers.
  • All parties should exchange the following information: driver’s license, insurance policy details, and contact information. If there are eyewitnesses at the scene, be sure to obtain their contact information as well.
  • It is critical that you not leave the scene until you have exchanged all of the above information with the other parties and with the police.
  • Do NOT admit fault in the incident. There are too many factors at play to be a good judge of this immediately after an accident, so even if you feel that you could have prevented the accident, it is best to let the law enforcement agents handle this determination. Additionally, admitting fault may very well limit your ability to fight for financial compensation.
  • If there is any question as to whether or not the police should be called, you should most likely go ahead and call them.
  • It’s very important to document the accident as soon as possible, whether with your cellphone camera, a notepad, or whatever other resources you have at your disposal.

Here at the Tyrone Law Firm, our attorneys handle cases all across Georgia including Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton, Hall, and Rockdale Counties.  We will be happy to review your claim during a free consultation and will help you determine the best way to pursue your claim.

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