Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault, has provided auto accident legal representation for more than 60 years. Below we have provided helpful information about what to do after a car accident in Ohio.
- Remain at the scene and report the accident: Call the police immediately! If someone is injured, advise the 911 operator. The law states that you must remain at the accident scene until police arrive or – if the accident is minor and your vehicles are drivable – you and the other driver exchange information.
- Warn oncoming vehicles about the accident: If you cannot drive your vehicles, use lights, flares, reflectors or a flashlight. If witnesses are at the scene, enlist them to help warn traffic.
- Gather information: If an officer does not come to the accident scene, file a police report THE NEXT DAY. Get as much information as you can from drivers, passengers and witnesses because your chances of getting it decreases once you leave the scene. Try and get as much of the following as you can:
- Full names, addresses and phone numbers
- Make, model and license plate numbers of all involved vehicles
- Insurance information
- Name of the person/entity to whom the vehicle is registered
Note: if the police come, they will make certain all of the above information is shared among drivers involved.
- Don’t admit anything: Even if you think you were at fault, keep quiet, even to the police. Any admission of fault may affect your rights.
- Take photos and notes of the accident scene: Use your smartphone to record footage and pictures of the accident scene, including street signs, skid marks, and vehicle damage. Use your phone to record notes or simply write them down with a pen and paper. Notes should include how the accident occurred, the time of day, weather conditions, vehicle damage, names and badge numbers of police officers at the scene, or if any vehicles were towed. Find out if there was damage to any vehicles prior to the accident, such as non-functioning brake or headlights. Ask if any vehicles were company owned and be sure to record the information.
- Towing: If you cannot drive your car, it must be towed from the scene. It is best to call your own tow truck, but if the police officer calls one, ask the cost, tell the tow truck driver where to take your car, and get his (and the company’s) name, address and phone number if you do not ride with the driver.
- See a doctor quickly even if you don’t believe you are injured: Serious and costly health problems can arise weeks or months later.
- Inform your insurance company ASAP: Cooperate with your agent. But if your insurance company is not cooperating with you, seek legal help immediately.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or significant property damage in an accident, Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault have provided auto accident representation to injured victims in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio and are experienced at fully protecting accident victims’ compensation rights. Call us at 567-455-5470 or contact us online.