Sunday, January 9, 2011

What to Do: Accidents

It is always a good idea to contact a competent lawyer early on to obtain advice as to how to proceed in a particular situation.  However, there are things you should and should not do following an accident.

1. You should not move your vehicle after an automobile accident unless it is necessary for safety or required by law.
2. You should move yourself to safety as you soon as you are able without placing yourself in greater danger. That would include getting yourself out of your vehicle as you are able or out of the street or building if you are in danger by remaining there.
3. You should not leave the site of an accident unless the police tell you it is okay to do so. Leaving before the police release you may constitute a crime.
4. Make sure you retain any potential evidence regarding your claim or defense. This would include all the clothes you were wearing, including outer wear and footwear.
5. Once you are in a safe place and out of immediate danger, call for help immediately from that safe spot. .
6. You should not apologize to anyone for anything as this may be considered as an admission of fault on you part.
7. Tell the authorities the facts of what happened but do not engage in discussions about fault or liability.
8. Although you should speak to your insurance carrier, always make sure it is only your insurance carrier you are speaking to.
9. If any other insurance carrier wants to speak with you, politely but firmly decline until you have spoken to an attorney.

Timothy G. Kerrigan is the director of Kerrigan Law PLLC. His present practice focuses on civil legal matters including insurance, , personal injury, family law, commercial transactional issues, litigation, mediation and arbitration  Mr. Kerrigan is also certified by the State Office of Mediation and Arbitration both as a mediator and as an arbitrator. You can contact Attorney Kerrigan at 603-943-5555