Car accident claims can be filed for minor and severe accidents. Although others may tell you differently, it is usually in your best interest to file claims for accidents even if they are minor. Serious damage and injuries caused by what appears to be a minor accident may be revealed days later, and if a report was not filed, it can hurt your claim for compensation. The following guidelines for filing automobile accident claims apply in all cases.
Call the police
If you called 911, then the police will be arriving shortly. If not, you can dial the non-emergency number and ask for an officer to be dispatched to take an accident report. The police should be called even in minor accidents. However, you should never admit to the police that you were at fault. Give them only the details of the accident and never your opinions.
You will need to collect information on the cars in the accident and on each person in the cars. Obtain the license plate number, make, model, color and year of all other cars involved. You will also need to get each person’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance policy information.
Detail the damage
Damage caused by the accident can be detailed in writing, but it is always best to take pictures. If your phone has a camera, then you should take pictures of the damage to each vehicle and of the scene as a whole.
Call an attorney
It is always a good idea to keep the number of a reliable and experienced Georgia auto accident attorney, such as Tate Law Group, in your wallet or your car. Call one of our attorneys at the scene of the accident for advice on how to proceed.
Call the insurance company
Finally, call your insurance company, but do not admit that you are at fault for the accident under any circumstances. Be sure to speak with your lawyer before providing a full statement of the collision.