What To Do After a Car Accident in Ohio
No one can predict a car accident, but you can prepare for one. Having a car accident checklist in your glove box can help you stay calm and organized after a car crash. It can tell you what to do and what not to do, and how best to protect your rights.
When in doubt, give us a call. Keep our phone number, (513) 621-4999, in your phone or written down in case the worst occurs. You aren’t alone after a serious collision.
- Stay calm. Stay on the scene and make sure everyone is okay. Check yourself for injuries first, and then check others. Remain calm and do not admit fault.
- Get to a safe location. Move disabled vehicles to the side of the road if you can. Put your emergency flashers on to help prevent further collisions. Get somewhere safe to wait for the police.
- Call 911. Call the police to report your accident. Unless your crash was very minor, with no injuries or property damage, you should call the cops. Police can document the incident, gather information, and make it part of an official record.
- Exchange information. Swap names, phone numbers, and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Take photos of the vehicles, license plates, and other vital details if possible.
- Do not admit fault. Again, do not admit fault, even to the police. Stick only to the facts of what happened when speaking with a police officer. Be as detailed as possible in your description of the collision.
- Seek medical attention. Go to the hospital or your primary doctor as soon as possible. Immediate medical care can help reduce the damages you suffer from injuries.
- Report to your insurance company. Most insurers have time limits for how soon you must report an accident in Ohio. Call quickly and follow the agent’s directions for reporting your crash.
- Speak to insurance adjusters. As soon as the day of your accident, you may receive a phone call from the other party’s insurance company. You may speak to the claims adjuster, but do not give away any more information than is absolutely necessary. Do not record a statement or accept an insurance settlement offer until you speak to an attorney.
- Create a file. Keep accident-related documents together and organized. Your file should include a copy of the police report, medical bills, the other driver’s information, injury treatment plans, and any other documents you’ve collected regarding the incident.
- Call Durst. We offer free consultations, so you can discuss your car crash without risk or obligation. We can determine whether your case has merit, help you talk to insurance companies, and assist you in filing a personal injury claim if necessary.
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When you work with the Durst Law Firm, you can expect us to:
Provide you with the support and guidance you need during this very overwhelming time.
Actually listen to what you have to say and use your side of the story as the foundation for our investigation.
Conduct an exhaustive examination into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding your case.
Gather and scrutinize relevant evidence (police reports, witness accounts, footage, etc) as we work to determine causation, fault, and liability.
Take care of all communication with interested parties, including insurance providers.
Work to disprove or minimize the effect of any claims that you share responsibility for the crash.
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