Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and deaths in the United States. If you have been in a car accident, these tips can help you protect you:
AS SOON AS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENS:
1. Call Police & Ambulance.
2. Exchange Information: Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company name, policy number, driver’s license number and the license plate number of all cars involved.
3. File an Accident Report: Vermont requires that every driver file an accident report if there are injuries or if the damage to the cars is over $3,000. This report must be filed within 3 days of the accident. The “Accident Report” Form is available at police stations and on the Vermont DMV website: www.dmv.vermont.gov
It is important to fill this out as soon as possible while the facts are fresh in your memory. Include all witnesses names as well as all events, weather conditions, and facts to show what happened to cause the accident. Keep a copy of this report for your records.
4. Get Medical Care: If you are hurt or believe you may be hurt, get medical care. It is important to your health and recovery that you get medical care as soon as possible.
AFTER THE ACCIDENT:
1. Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company.
2. Call an Attorney: If you are hurt, call an attorney to discuss and protect your legal rights. The attorney can help you know what insurance will cover and who will pay for your damages.
Car accidents take a tremendous toll on everyone involved – both emotionally and financially. Hopefully, these tips will help you. If you have any questions, or would like a free consultation, call us at 802-878-2797.