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What To Do After An Auto Accident in Raleigh

Chances are, if you have been involved in a car accident, you may feel shaken up and questioning what to do next.  Our Raleigh car accident lawyers can give you advice regarding your rights and responsibilities following an accident, and the things you should and should not do.  We offer the following tips:

Stop

North Carolina law mandates that all drivers stop after being involved in a car accident.  When there is no injury and only minor damage to property, drivers are required to exchange information such as name, address, phone number, license number, and insurance information, before leaving the scene.  In all other circumstances, such as any injury or more than minor property damage, drivers must remain at the scene of the accident until the arrival of law enforcement.

Don’t Speak To Other Driver About Fault

Not only can a discussion about fault lead to arguments, but anything you say might later be used against you.  If you have called the police, it is not necessary to speak with the other driver and you can provide all relevant information to the investigating officer.

Contact Law Enforcement

Of course, if there are any injuries, your first call should be to 911 and request medic.  Some insurance companies require that law enforcement be called to the scene and an accident report be created before coverage will apply.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

It is not uncommon for accident victims to refuse medical treatment at the scene of an accident out of uncertainty of the degree of injury or questions of payment for treatment.  Even if treatment at the scene is refused, it is important to let the investigating officer know that you are hurt.  Many times, symptoms can worsen in the hours and days that follow an accident, and if law enforcement includes this information in the accident report, subsequent medical treatment can be related back to the accident.  Do not minimize your injuries.  Delays in getting medical treatment can present problems with your case.

Take Pictures

If your cell phone is equipped with a camera, take pictures of the location of the vehicles in the road way, the point of impact, and the damage to each vehicle.  If your injuries are visible, take pictures.  If your cell phone does not have a camera, keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment.

Call An Experienced Lawyer

The Experienced auto accident attorneys at Auger & Auger have over 40 years combined legal experience handling only injury cases.  The sooner you call after your accident, the better we can conduct our own investigation and protect your rights.  We highly recommend that you speak with an attorney before speaking with any insurance companies.  Some insurance companies may even show up on your doorstep in the hours following an accident, knowing that you are vulnerable.  They may get you to minimize your injuries or say things you don’t intend.

When you call Auger & Auger your call is confidential, and your consultation is free, regardless of how long the consultation takes.  There is no legal fee unless we successfully resolve your case.

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