The scene of any car accident is chaotic, with the potential of wrecked cars, severely injured people, and moving traffic. No one expects an accident to occur, so no one is thinking about a potential personal injury claim at the time, especially when injured or experiencing the shock of the moment. If you have been in a car wreck, there is one thing you should do first to protect your interests.
Call the Police
If you have been in a car accident, the first thing you need to do is call the police. Why? The priority is to secure your safety. Along with other emergency services responders, police will be dispatched to secure the scene so that traffic and other hazards are properly addressed. Also, the police will create a police report that contains critical information that will help your personal injury claim. The police report may include:
- The date and time of the wreck.
- Observations of the scene, including weather and traffic conditions.
- Identifying information and insurance information of the people involved in the crash.
- Observations of those involved in the crash.
- Interviews of those involved in the crash.
- Sometimes, the names and statements of victims who stopped at the scene.
- A description of the nature of the accident, whether there were injuries,
- Any citations that were issued related to the crash.
If you have suffered an injury due to the actions of another driver you should obtain your police report and speak to a personal injury. While the information contained in a police report may seem basic, it is a critical reference point that a personal injury lawyer can use to begin understanding and building your strongest claim. In some circumstances, the police report can be a compelling tool when your attorney begins negotiating your claim with the responsible party’s insurance company.
Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., Car Accident Attorneys
If you are in a car accident, call the police. When you want assistance to pursue a personal injury claim, contact Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. We are a small sized law firm that focuses on getting big results. Our personal injury lawyers are aggressive, effective, and have successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. If you want to pursue maximum compensation, let us help. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.