In 2009, there were approximately 10.8 million automobile accidents in the United States. This number essentially breaks down to 20 car accidents per minute. Car accidents are exceedingly common, yet most people do not know what to do immediately following the crash. Or they may be so stressed by involvement in the accident that they forget some basic things they know they should do.
As car accident attorneys in Milwaukee, we have seen a lot of cases where simple tips could have helped the individuals involved. Immediately following a car accident, the chances are that you will not remember exactly what to do. Let's review some of the important tips you should remember following an auto accident. We often tell clients to just STAY CALM.
- Seek medical attention for serious injuries.
- Try to remove vehicles and people out of traffic.
- Alert the police.
- Your camera phone is useful for taking pictures and documenting weather, property damage and the general scene.
- Compile a list of contact and insurance information from drivers involved and witnesses.
- Avoid admitting the accident was your fault.
- Locate your insurance information and file a claim.
- Murphy & Prachthauser - contact a car accident attorney in Milwaukee to start working on your behalf.
Here is real life example:
On my way to the office one morning, my adult son called me in a panic. He had been hit by a person who just blew through a stop sign. Luckily, nobody was injured, but, there was significant property damage. He knew that if someone was injured, he should call 911 immediately. Beyond that, he was so shook up that he could not relate to me his correct location. And he was unsure of what would happen next.
Knowing it was a property damage only accident and it was in the City of Milwaukee, I got to the scene before the police arrived, even though I was traveling cross county during morning rush hour on a weekday. I mention this because unless there are some injuries reported, you may wait awhile for the police if the accident happened in Milwaukee. When I arrived, I checked again if anyone was hurt. The vehicles’ were out of the way of traffic by virtue of the accident. He had already called police and they were on their way. I got out my camera phone and documented the vehicles, the plates, the damage to each vehicle, the tire marks in the road that traced the path of each vehicle, and the presence of a stop sign for the other driver. Photographic evidence from the scene can be beneficial if a dispute with the insurance company occurs.
I made sure he exchanged contact information with the other driver and took down insurance information and the license plate number. There were no witnesses, nor did anyone stop. If there was someone who stopped, get their names and addresses.
My son was not at fault, but I did caution him that a fault determination may not always be easy to make. You want to avoid admitting fault. It’s natural to feel empathy for the other driver, but it is important to refrain from telling anybody you caused the accident or it was your fault someone got hurt. Emotions are running high and an admission of this type may cause trouble for a future claim, especially if the accident was not actually your fault.
After the accident is over, get medical attention if needed and report the accident to your insurer. Have a question on what happens next? Please give us a call and we can help answer any questions. We focus our practice on personal injury law and specialize as car accident lawyers. Car accident cases are the most common type of case the attorneys at our firm handle.
If you are involved in a car accident, just remember the tips listed above and to always, STAY CALM.
At Murphy & Prachthauser we are car accident lawyers in Milwaukee who practice the law the way it should be practiced – motivated and equipped to do our best for you. We take pride in being good lawyers who help people.
If you have a case you would like to speak to a personal injury lawyer about, please contact us to schedule a free consultation and get an experienced Milwaukee auto accident attorneys working on your behalf.
 National Safety Council “Injury Facts-2011 Edition” available at http://www.nsc.org/Documents/Injury_Facts/Injury_Facts_2011_w.pdf