For many people who drive in Osceola County, Iowa, getting into a car accident is the last thing on their minds. Most are just going through their day, driving to work, school, or maybe lunch and lost in thought about yesterday’s, today’s or tomorrow’s activities. When the car accident occurs.
Car accidents are actually normal occurrences. They happen many times every minute of every day in the United States, and hundreds of times a day in Iowa. But this does not take away from the fact that they are traumatic events that few are prepared for. If someone runs into your vehicle and you are injured, knowing what to do immediately after the accident can make all the difference in you winning a legal case against this individual.
With this in mind, attorney Daniel Dekoter offers this list of things that you should do if you are in a car accident.
Dial 911 and request the police and ambulance
If you run into buy an automobile or truck, and it is serious enough to cause injury to you, it was a more than likely chance that someone will call the police and paramedics. However you need to be sure that they have been called. So don’t guess, call anyway. If someone has called Already, the operator will tell you that the police and paramedics are in route. If you are in an isolated area, you may have to be the one to make these calls. The bottom line is don’t assume that someone else has called, you do it
Have your license, registration and health insurance card ready
If you are able, be prepared with your license and registration. When the police arrive, they will want verification of Who You Are, that you are a licensed driver, and that your vehicle is insured. So if you’re able, make sure to have these documents ready for the police when they arrived. It will make things go more smoothly and make the police officers job easier. Also paramedics will want to see your insurance in order to determine what coverage you have and what hospital they should take you. Depending upon the severity of your injuries and the type of insurance you have you may be taken to a hospital that is not in the immediate vicinity.
Take as many notes as possible
When you are in a car accident there’s a good chance that you will be in shock and injured. If you can at the scene take as many notes as possible. Use your phone to do this. Just start recording a video and talk over the video describing everything you saw and everything that occurred. This video might be great evidence to use in a lawsuit against the driver who hit you. The police will also make a report of what happened and we’ll ask you questions relating to that report. You will get a copy of this report later to share with your attorney.
If you live in Osceola County, Iowa and are involved in a traffic accident, the best course of action to prepare you to face a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident, is to do everything that you can to prepare yourself for a discussion with a personal injury attorney.