Being involved in a car accident, or any type of auto accident, can be a frightening and chaotic experience. While contacting an experienced Oklahoma personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident can be one of the most important things you do, there are also a few essential steps you can take on your own to protect your well-being and the strength of your future personal injury claim. At Atkins & Markoff, our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers are intent on responding immediately to local residents’ calls for help and to guiding them step-by-step through the legal process. In order to ensure that victims and families have the information they need to better protect their rights after a car accident in Oklahoma, we have provided the following auto accident checklist:
Stop at the Scene, Remain Calm, Call Emergency Help If Needed
You are legally required to stop at the scene of an accident. Failing to stop can subject you to criminal repercussions for fleeing the scene. It is also important to remain calm and collected. While this can be difficult in the heat of the moment, it can help ensure that no further complications arise, that you are able to call for help if needed, and that you can clearly assess the situation.
Do Not Discuss Fault
It is crucial that you do not discuss fault or accept blame. No matter what happens, it is never a good idea to accept blame for causing an accident or to discuss fault whatsoever. There may be other factors you are unaware of that caused the accident, including roadway conditions or defective auto parts. Never sign anything from a driver and bring your case to the attention of a personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma who can help you clearly determine fault and liability.
Collect Important Information
Collecting information at the scene of an accident – if you are able to do so – is very important. Information you can record – or information that can be recorded by a law enforcement officer – include:
Contact, insurance, and driver’s license information of all parties involved
Contact information of any witnesses
Roadway and weather conditions at the scene of an accidents
If possible, take pictures or video of the scene, your injuries, and damages
Do Not Speak to Insurance Adjusters
Insurance companies are in the business to collect premiums, not to pay injured victims. It is advised that you do not speak to insurance adjusters after your accident without legal representation. This can ensure that you have all the facts and that you do not say anything that can be used against you later.
Contact an Experienced Oklahoma Car Accident Attorney from Atkins & Markoff
The most important thing you can do after you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. At Atkins & Markoff, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers respond immediately to local residents who call for help. We have the experience, the resources, and the determination to fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you would like to discuss your case with a member of our legal team, complete a free case evaluation form or call 405-256-2606. We serve clients throughout the state of Oklahoma from several office locations.