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Car Accident in Utah: 12 Things You Should Do AFTER an Accident

As a follow up to my recent article, “Car Accident in Utah: 7 Things You SHOULD Do Before an Accident“, I wanted to share 12 things to do AFTER an accident.  Car accidents can change people’s lives.  And serious car accidents can end people’s lives.  A car accident in Utah can also cause stress, anxiety, and duress.

My name is Matthew Kober, and I am a car accident personal injury lawyer in Utah.  Over the past several, I have worked with many people who were victims in car accidents.  Here is a list of what to do AFTER a car accident:

Car Accident in Utah: 12 Things You Should Do AFTER an Accident

  1. Check for injuries and make sure everyone is ok.  Call an ambulance if needed.
  2. Stay at the scene.   You can be charged with a crime if you leave the scene, especially is someone is injured.
  3. Call the police, even if it is a minor accident.
  4. Tell The Truth and Don’t Apologize.  Everything you say is probably going to be written down in a police report.  If it wasn’t your fault then don’t say it was and don’t apologize.  Just give an accurate and detailed witness statement.  It will likely be used later to help determine liability.
  5. Take pictures.  If possible to do safely, take pictures of the accident before cars are moved.   However, it is important to stay safe and move the vehicles to the side of the road.  If you weren’t able before, take pictures once the cars are moved.
  6. Exchange Information.  It is important to know who all was involved.  Don’t rely on the police to preserve the information.   They are usually pretty good but mistakes do happen.  Write down the names and contact information of witnesses as well.
  7. Seek Medical Attention, It won’t cost you anything.  All insurance policies have PIP, which covers medical care after an accident.  Many people don’t seek care because they are worried about paying for it.   For purposes of the case, it is important to document your injuries as well.   Seek medical care from a certified injury professional.  Not all doctors are the same and know what to do after an accident.
  8. Contact Your Insurance.  Report the claim at your earliest convenience.
  9. Seek Legal Advice. Almost all personal injury attorneys offer free consultations.  Seek advice early on.  We can steer you away from common pitfalls and tell you if you do or do not have a case.  Find a qualified attorney who focuses on personal injury, not your neighbor or church member.   Law is specialized and complicated.    Insurance companies will try to convince you not to seek an attorney…because they don’t want you to have one.   Protect your own rights.
  10. Do Not Sign Things Without Reading Them.  Many times insurance companies try to get you sign things that are prejudicial to you.  For example, sometimes they slip in a full release of your bodily injury claims in the property damage papers.   Make sure you are reading everything or hire an attorney before you have to sign anything.
  11. Keep a Journal and Accurate Records.  Lots of things will happen all at once and you think you’ll remember everything later, but over time you will start to forget things.  Keep accurate records and notes in case you need to recall details later.
  12. Contact a Car Accident Lawyer.   Lawyers who focus their legal practice on helping car accident victims tend to stay up on changing laws that affect their clients’ case outcome as well as compensation.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

If you have any questions about this article, contact Utah personal injury lawyer Matthew Kober.   With over 10 years of experience, Mr. Kober has handled numerous personal injury cases in Utah. He is recognized as a Certified Motor Vehicle Occupant Injury Specialists by the Personal Injury Training Institute as well of one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He can answer any questions you have an provide excellent legal representation.