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June 28, 2016

What to Do If You Are in an Accident: Part II
By Scott Roush
Getting Information

It's important to get as much as information at the scene of the accident to protect yourself from possible lawsuits. Make a note of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the accident as well as weather and road conditions, date and time of the accident, speed of all cars involved and even draw a diagram or take a picture of the accident showing the position of the vehicles before and after the accident.

Get names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the drivers involved in the accident. Also record the ownership, license plate number, year, make and model of all the cars involved in the accident. In addition, try to get insurance information from other drivers.

It's a good idea to get the names and addresses of any people who may have witnessed the accident. These people may be helpful in a court case if there is any liability involved. Do not discuss the case with the witnesses. Do not give their names to anyone but the police, your attorney or your insurance company. Do get the name and badge number of any police officers at the scene.

Do not admit fault at the accident. Do not make any oral or written statements as to responsibility or blame. Don't tell other people involved in the accident how much liability insurance you carry. Any of these comments may be used against you in a court case. Don't accept offers to settle on the spot without carefully thinking about it. You may be held liable later for the same damages.



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