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5 Do’s & Don’ts Right After An Accident

If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it won’t take long before you realize that the impact of your accident goes far beyond just property damage, medical bills, and lost wages. Accidents can have a significant effect on all aspects of your life. Here are 5 things to do (and not do) after you’ve had a collision.

5 Do’s After an Accident

  • DO- Aid the injured if there are serious or life-threatening injuries
  • DO- Call the police so that they can come to the scene and make a report
  • DO- Take photos of the damage to both vehicles and the scene
  • DO- Get names and contact info of any witnesses (police often miss them)
  • DO- Obtain medical care promptly even if you don’t think your injury is serious

5 Don’ts After an Accident

  • DON’T- Leave the scene without notifying the police (stories often change)
  • DON’T- Move your vehicle unless you absolutely must before police arrive
  • DON’T- Lose your cool with police or the other driver
  • DON’T- Speak to anyone about the accident except police and your insurance carrier
  • DON’T- Sign anything provided to you by the other driver’s insurance company

After you’ve left the accident scene and things have settled down a bit, you should seriously consider taking advantage of the free consultation that most personal injury attorneys offer so you can better understand your rights. Prior to agreeing to meet, be sure to confirm that your consult will be more in-depth than a 5-minute meeting with an assistant to fill out forms.

The best attorneys are eager to meet with you personally, and they want to genuinely help. They look forward to educating you about the claims process and explaining how the law applies to your particular situation.

You should be very suspicious of lawyers that try to force every client toward a particular doctor or chiropractor. Where you treat should be your personal choice that is based on a variety of factors that best suit your specific situation. This important decision should never be a “one size fits all” approach.

By keeping these Do’s and Don’ts in mind, you can go a long way toward avoiding the most common mistakes that can negatively affect your claim.

At Sands Law Offices, I’ve been listening to my clients and making a personal connection with them for 20 years. I want to help you with each and every aspect of your claim so that you can properly focus your energy on recovering from your injuries.

We’ll take care of everything else for you, keeping you fully informed along the way. We never lose sight of the fact that we’re here to work for you. It’s what we do, 24/7.


Recover more compensation. Save time. Worry less. Leave it to the experts at Sands Law to help you. It’s what we’re here for.

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