There are certain things that should be done whenever involved in an accident. While some of them may be common, useful tips, others are required by law. Knowing what to do could significantly impact the outcome of any future claims filed.
What to Do When Involved in an Accident
One of the things that should be done is to provide aid to those who are injured. This generally means calling for ambulatory services. Since the person could be further injured by moving him/her, this usually shouldn’t be done unless there is the potential for harm (such as the person being in traffic).
The Good Samaritan Law in Georgia, meanwhile, prevents persons from being sued if they render emergency aid to those injured.
Another thing that should be done is to move the vehicles to a place of safety. Of course, this is assuming there aren’t serious or fatal injuries and the vehicle’s damage doesn’t prevent the driver from moving it. If the driver is unable to move the vehicle, then he/she can give permission for anyone else at the accident scene to do so. However, the person must have a valid driver’s license to move it.
Drivers should also try to take photographs of the scene, vehicle damage, injuries, and any other relevant pictures that may be applicable to the case. Contact information of all drivers and witnesses should be obtained.
There are also requirements in Georgia regarding reporting an auto accident. If there are injuries, property damage or death, it is mandatory. The information that is contained in an accident report could also be valuable when trying to determine fault.
If injured, work with a car accident attorney in Atlanta for help collecting and organizing evidence and ultimately pursuing compensation for damages. Call Jason R. Schultz at 404-474-0804.