What To Do If You Are In A Car Accident

Updated: Jan 26, 2020

I know that when I was injured in an auto accident I did not know where to turn for advice. I was a university student, with no legal training and no one in my family had ever worked with an attorney before. I was just beginning my first year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and I remember vividly the pain in my neck and back the morning after the accident when I got out of bed to head to my second day of classes. I recall sitting down in class and hardly being able to turn my head to the side at my desk, without feeling intense pain in my neck and back, pain I had never experienced before. For many years after, I suffered low back pain when driving a car, or sitting for prolonged periods of time. All of this happened to me through no fault of my own when another driver turned into me at an intersection and totaled my car. If I had not thought to contact the campus attorney, I would have foolishly taken the insurance companies first settlement offer, which would have barely covered my bill for treatment at a local chiropractor.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact my firm for a complimentary review of the facts and details of your case. I will work with you to figure out the best options for you going forward based on the facts of your situation. If I feel your case is one in which you would benefit from speaking to a personal injury attorney, I can refer you to local attorneys who we know and trust to help you further.

You should also review my latest video below, where I talk about some basic steps you should take after the accident, including tips on gathering and saving accident scene information and discusses when and how you should seek medical treatment and a consultation with an attorney. The most important thing is to know your rights and be informed, in order to ensure that if you are ever in such a situation you are able to get the medical treatment you need after the accident has occurred. Injuries from auto accidents can last for months or years, therefore if you have suffered bodily injury in an accident it is important to obtain independent legal advice before entering into any sort of settlement negotiation with an insurance company.

Transcript of Video: What To Do If You Are In A Car Accident

Today it's winter driving season here in

Wisconsin and regardless of where you

live you know that oftentimes the roads

can be slippery and the weather

unpredictable so I wanted to talk about

a few tips of what to do if you're ever

in a motor vehicle accident I know

myself I had the unfortunate experience

of being in a motor vehicle accident on

the first day of school when I was going

to my first day of university as a

college student and I was traveling to

school when another driver turned into

me t-boned the front of my car totally

wrecking the car and totaling the car

and I got out of the car I was just

sort of shocked initially and I saw the

damage to the car but physically I felt

okay or so I thought

but I remember waking up the next

morning and trying to go to class and I

couldn't turn my head hide the from side

to side and sitting and walking were

painful and that's because I had

whiplash and soft tissue injuries so if

you're ever in a car accident the first

thing you want to do is make sure you

and others are okay so if it's you in an

accident you want to check for injuries

get yourself out of the car away from

danger but if it's someone else you see

don't try to move an injured person what

you want to do is call police and/or the

ambulance if necessary but make sure you

report the collision to the police so

they can get on site and start helping

you if it's your car damaged and you're

able to get out and walk around you

might want to snap some pictures on your

smartphone of the damage in the accident

scene while you wait for police turn on

your hazards if they're working on the

car try to get out of the way so you

don't get injured by other traffic and

again if it's snowy conditions there

could be others having

the same problem near where you are if

you have road flares or something like

that you can set those out then you want

to exchange information with the other

driver if the other driver was involved

and again the same advice about if

they're injured don't try to move them

but get their name address phone number

exchange insurance information you could

take a picture on your smartphone and

give that information about yourself to

the other driver if you have any

witnesses around try to get their

information - and then when the police

officer comes ask for his business card

and the incident ID number because that's

going to be key to getting the accident

report later if you are thinking and

have time you might want to jot down

some basic notes about what happened

while it's fresh in your memory and

again you could do that on a notepad or

open a note app in your smartphone and

take it down and date it now even if you

think the accident is your fault it's

often best to just stay silent at this

point the other driver may or may not

have been partially responsible as well

and there's other variables such as road

conditions and traffic and other factors

that will come down to assigning fault

in the accident so an admission of fault

that the scene could be used against you

later as a legally binding admission so

it's general in general it's better to

just stay quiet at that point make sure

everyone's okay but avoid making a

statement of fault to anyone even though

your impulse might be to be nice and say

something to that effect it's in general

it's better to just wait and deal with

that later because I know from

experience you're often in the shock of

the moment and I recall in my own

accident me saying oh I think I'm okay

and I mean what I meant was I physically

could get out of the car but I didn't

know later the next day I would not be

feeling okay at all and I don't

recall if we got into the fault as I

recall I think the other driver

acknowledged that she hit me right away

but again just avoid making any

statements about the fault

who's at fault even if you think it may

be partially your you are to blame and

then just wait for the police to arrive

and cooperate fully when they get to the

accident you want to say stay there at

the scene until the police say you can

leave now if you have a medical

condition let them know if you really

need to get to the hospital obviously

that's where you need to get going but

if you can stay at the scene while they

collect information for the accident

report that's the best and when you

speak to the police only tell them the

facts of the accident you don't need to

draw a conclusion to say I think or this

or that just tell them what happened in