Number 18 – “Safety First” Vehicle Collision Checklist
Our motto at Peachtree Law Group is, “We hope that you never need an attorney, but if you ever do, then contact us for a consultation.”
Always apply “Safety First” and follow governing laws in any state. The following Vehicle Collision Checklist is just one of the many ways we can help you if a wreck occurs, to protect you and your family.
Immediately STOP – It’s a crime if you do not stop. Avoid obstructing traffic flow, if at all possible. Don’t leave the scene unless you are seriously injured or need to go with an injured person. Also, don’t leave until the reporting officer releases you.
Attend to INJURED people AND request medical attention.
CALL 911 for the police, sheriff or state patrol.
DO NOT Comment at the scene to anyone except the police AND be honest and cooperate by stating FACTS. DO NOT guess, make admissions, or give your opinions.
Keep DOCUMENTS AND IDENTIFICATION to provide if requested: Give your name, address, vehicle registration information, and provide your driver’s license to the reporting officer. You too, need to get the same information from all drivers involved including the VIN or Vehicle Identification Number found on the other driver’s car or insurance card. Make your own note of the officer’s name recording the information.
Save the Scene:
Get WITNESSES names, addresses, phone numbers, comments (in writing preferably), etc.
Record your own NOTES, by text, email, voice recorded or hand-written.
Get video and pictures of the wreck scene, vehicles, damages, injuries, car tags, people, other involved persons, documents, etc.
Identify all parties involved with personal injuries and property damages.
As soon as possible and preferably before you leave the scene, LOCATE any owners not at the scene to document your intent to inform. If necessary leave an obvious written notice providing your contact information and the police authority writing the report.
Of course, it is always advisable that you seek a legal opinion immediately, as the statute of limitations in your state and other important deadlines may prevent you from pursuing.
David R. Moore