What to do if You’re Involved in an Automobile Accident
Automobile accidents are all-too-common in Wisconsin these days, and experts have debated endlessly the potential factors for this problem. Statistics show that more than 700 people were killed in automobile accidents in 2006, and thousands more were injured, leading to millions of dollars in insurance costs, medical costs, judgments and settlements. If you have been involved in an auto accident, there are a few immediate steps you should take before contacting a Wausau personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® Below you’ll find a brief outline of those advisable steps.
Step One – Exchange Information Only
Assuming you’re in an accident that hasn’t led to immediate serious injuries and you’re able to ‘walk away’ from the crash. You’ll need to call the police to make sure that a police report is filed. It’s quite possible that you may feel the urge to discuss how the accident occurred with the other driver, but you should refrain from doing so. Simply exchange insurance information from the other driver, and when the police arrive, give them a statement of what happened. Do not discuss the situation with the other driver.
Step Two – Contact Your Insurance Company
After you’ve left the scene of the accident, contact your insurance company to let them know that there has been an accident and that someone from the other driver’s insurance company will most likely be in touch soon. Give your insurance company the information regarding the other driver, his or her insurance policy and the date and time the accident occurred. If your insurance company wants a statement from you, politely tell them that you’ll be happy to do so after you’ve consulted with your attorney.
Step Three – Contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®
Assuming you don’t need immediate medical attention, and if you feel that the accident wasn’t your fault, contact the Wausau office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to schedule a free initial consultation. The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® will speak with you regarding the details of the accident, and the firm has medical staff members and engineers available to help you evaluate simple physical concerns.
After your attorney has had an opportunity to review the accident report filed by the police, he or she will also contact your insurance company to alert them to the fact that you are represented by an attorney and that he or she should be the contact person going forward. Your attorney will also contact the other driver’s insurance company and, if one is available, the other driver’s attorney to get the process of resolving this issue started.
Of course, there are other issues to address with any auto accident, and if you’d like an individualized assessment of the accident, contact a Wausau personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.