In the aftermath of a vehicle accident, emotions and confusion often run high. It’s easy to accidentally do something immediately after an accident that damages or even destroys any potential legal case you may file. To help you avoid making a crucial mistake, the team here at Johann Hall Law Office has compiled a list of five essential tips to follow when involved in a vehicle accident.


1.   Do Not Admit Fault

It’s not uncommon to feel some responsibility after an accident, especially if you are being told that you are at fault. However, its crucial not to admit fault prematurely or make any statement that could be seen as admitting responsibility at the scene. Even if you think you might have made a mistake, the full picture is likely not yet clear. Admitting fault prematurely can negatively impact any potential legal claims you otherwise have and leave you financially responsible for the entire accident.


You should politely exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties involved, but try not to discuss anything beyond this information. Stick to the facts when talking to law enforcement and your insurance company. Many statements could be construed as admitting fault, including apologizing, so consider your words carefully before speaking.


2. Document Everything

Proper documentation can make or break your case. Collect as much information as possible, including taking photos and even video of the scene. This evidence can be invaluable when dealing with insurance companies or pursuing a legal claim. Fortunately, cell phones have made it fairly easy to gather this information quickly.


How do document the scene of an accident:

  • Take photos of vehicle damage and the accident scene.
  • Get the contact information of those involved in the accident as well as any witnesses.
  • Photograph and document any injuries you and/or your passengers sustained.
  • Keep a journal detailing your injuries and pain.


3. Have your Injuries Documented by a Doctor

Regardless of how minor your injuries may seem, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly. The shock of the accident and the rush of adrenaline can cover the pain of even serious injuries. Some injuries, like whiplash or internal damage, may not manifest immediately but can have serious consequences. It can take weeks or even months for some injuries to appear, making it very difficult to connect them to the accident in question.


Visit a healthcare professional as soon as you can following an accident, even if you feel okay. Follow their recommendations for treatment and document all medical expenses and diagnoses. This ensures you have a complete medical record for your case. Even if you don’t plan on pursuing any legal action, it’s always better to be safe when your health is on the line.


4. Report the Accident to Insurance

Promptly notifying your insurance company about the accident is crucial. Failure to do so may jeopardize your coverage. Provide them with all the necessary information and adhere to their guidelines for filing a claim. The information you collected at the scene will be helpful here, so make certain to provide copies of all photos, videos, and other documentation to your insurance agent. However, again, you want to share only facts, not speculation.


You should expect to be contacted by the insurance carrier for any other driver involved in the accident. The insurance carrier may attempt to resolve your claim quickly and they may seek to obtain your statement about how the accident occurred and any injuries you have suffered. Before agreeing to do either of these things you should consult a lawyer who handles your type of case. Johann Hall and team will work for you and always put your interest and well-being first.


5. Seek the Advice of a Personal Injury Lawyer

The shock of a vehicle accident may be just the beginning. You may have weeks or months of recovery and rehab. In some cases, you may even come out of an accident permanently disabled. No matter how serious the accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Johann Hall and team are here to help you navigate the complex legal framework that surrounds vehicle accidents and insurance claims.


If you’ve been in a vehicle accident, it’s essential to protect both your health and your legal rights. By following these five steps, you can navigate the challenges that lie ahead with confidence while avoiding costly mistakes. Remember, Johann Hall is here to support you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case.