What To Do If You Are Involved In An Accident

Here are a few tips on what you can do immediately following an accident:

Never leave the scene of an accident

Even a minor incident could be the cause of damage or injury, so be sure to stay at the scene of the accident and follow the steps provided below.

Call the police

Always call the police. A police officer will be able to gather all the necessary information from parties involved to properly document the facts of the accident. By involving the police, you are creating an official record of what has transpired and determining fault. *

* Be sure to provide the necessary information to the police and refrain from making any additional statements until you consult an attorney.

Gather information

While the police will gather information from all parties involved, be sure to gather information for your own records as well. Be sure to include the following:

  • Names and contact information for all parties involved in the accident (e.g., telephone numbers, address, email address)
  • Drivers license and license plate numbers for all parties involved
  • Names and contact information from any witnesses to the accident

If you have your camera handy or a camera on your cellphone, use it to take pictures of conditions or circumstances at the scene of the accident that may have led to or caused the incident to occur.

See a doctor

If you are hurting, we recommend consulting with a licensed medical practitioner:

  • To properly document any injuries sustained as a result of your wreck. Relatively minor accidents can result in severe injuries, requiring hospitalization, doctor visits, physical therapy and even surgery, leaving you with significant medical costs. It is important for you to consult a personal injury attorney like those at The Law Offices of James T. Marasco.
  • To ensure that you are protecting your rights with regard to these medical expenses.

Injuries often associated with low-impact, rear-end, roll-over and head-on collision car accidents include whip lash, strains, sprains and bruises. In some cases, severe internal injuries may occur.

Determining who is at fault

Even though you have followed all of the advice listed above, turning to experienced accident attorneys who know personal injury law is key. Contact The Law Offices of James T. Marasco immediately to determine if you have a case and what your next steps should be. If you don't act fast, you run the risk of evidence being lost, witnesses disappearing and potentially receiving less compensation for your injuries.

Negligence

It is imperative to determine if the vehicle was operated in a negligent manner. The Law Offices of James T. Marasco can help you prove the fault of the other vehicle, and we will work hard to get the compensation you deserve for damages such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Property damage
  • Nonmonetary injuries such as pain and suffering or mental anguish

Call A Personal Injury Attorney Today

Call us at 401-421-7500 (Providence) or 401-789-1800 (Narragansett) or send an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Providence and South County.

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