What to Do after an Accident in Washington

Even minor car accidents can be traumatic events, and there is a lot to consider in the immediate aftermath. It is often difficult to think clearly in the heat of the moment, but if you remain calm and keep a few key factors in mind, you may improve your chances of successfully filing an accident claim. Remaining calm after a crash is important not just for injury claims but also for the safety of other road users and passengers.

Step by step

If you do sustain injuries in a Washington crash, a Seattle personal-injury lawyer may be able to help with various elements of the process. Richard McKinney Law specializes in personal-injury cases, and we have more than 40 years of legal experience.

We have handled many serious car accident cases, and we can examine the specifics surrounding your particular crash. There is a possibility that you may have a valid claim against the negligent driver, in which case you may be able to recover damages associated with medical expenses and lost wages. Call us today at 844-933-1605 to schedule an appointment.

Here are some suggestions on what to do immediately following a collision:

  1. Stay on the Scene

If you are in a car crash, it is critical to remain at the scene, according to DMV.org. If you flee the scene, you may face serious hit and run charges, and the consequences could be far more serious than if you remained at the scene.

Try to move your vehicle to a safe location near the accident scene. Emergency vehicles need access to the crash site, and other motorists may not be aware of the stationary vehicles. If possible, try to warn oncoming drivers to the possible danger with hazard lights or reflective triangles.

  1. Contact Emergency Services

Contact emergency services or law enforcement personnel immediately if there are injuries, fatalities or extensive damages. A police officer can assist with securing the scene and ensuring that no further accidents occur, and he or she will file an accident report on your behalf. If no police are on the scene, Washington State Patrol requires you to submit an accident report within four days.

  1. Gather Details

If you crashed into an unoccupied vehicle, it is important to leave a note with your contact information on it. If you leave and police link you to the crash later, the consequences may be severe.

If you crash into other occupied vehicles, gather as much personal information about the drivers as possible. Important details include names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance details. If you sustain injuries, you will need to compile a report, and this information will make the process much easier.

  1. Seek Independent Witnesses

An independent witness can help back up your claims regarding the negligent driver. Ask any nearby motorists or bystanders for their contact details, even if you doubt you will ever actually use the information.

A car crash may leave you shaken, but if you follow a few key steps, you may improve your chance of filing a successful claim and securing compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. Call Richard McKinney Law today at 844-933-1605 to schedule an appointment with an experienced Seattle personal-injury attorney.