Auto Accident FAQs
An auto accident can be overwhelming. The experienced auto accident lawyers of Scherline & Associates have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to better prepare you, should you be involved in a car accident.
Should I talk to the police?
If the police are at the scene following the collision, you can discuss in general terms how the collision occurred. However, be sure to avoid taking blame or admitting fault about the incident. At this stage the police are still determining all the factors that may have led to the accident and that’s why it is important to not accept fault for what occurred. Certainly, if you suffered injuries in a collision, tell the police officer at the scene and seek immediate medical attention.
After a collision, how soon should I contact a lawyer?
You’ll want to speak with an experienced auto accident attorney at Scherline & Associates as soon as possible. Making sure you and the other people involved in the accident are safe and receiving the care and treatment you need is most important. But right after, you should definitely call Scherline & Associates, The Serious Injury Law Firm, at 610-437-1100. Contacting us quickly can make sure you are protected from the other parties’ insurance company.
What should I do if the insurance company of the other driver tries to contact me?
Often times the other driver’s insurance company will call you shortly after the collision to try and get you to admit fault or lead you into saying something that can be used to blame you for the collision or minimize your claim. We recommend that you politely decline to speak and instead offer them your lawyer’s contact information so they can speak to your lawyer going forward. Remember, the other driver’s insurance company has adjusters that seek to minimize, delay and deny your claim. You need help as soon as possible after a motor vehicle collision. Call Scherline & Associates, The Serious Injury Law Firm for a free no-obligation consultation at 610-437-1100.
I don’t feel a lot of pain; do I really need to go to a doctor following my car accident?
Yes, you should still go. Injuries may not be as noticeable or recognized immediately after an collision, but that doesn’t mean you are okay. Don’t rely on yourself to be the doctor in this situation; seek the advice of a medical professional. When you go, be sure to fully tell the doctor about how your body feels and how your body was impacted in the collision. Even the smallest thing is worth noting and documenting and may lead to a more significant injury later on.
I’m unsure if my accident was severe enough to call a lawyer. Should I just let my insurance company handle the car accident?
If you are confused and unsure if you need a lawyer or not, the best thing to do is talk to an auto accident attorney that offers a free consultation. It can’t hurt and it will give you peace of mind as well as the answers to all of your questions. In the end, it’s better to be safe and contact a lawyer instead of regretting it later. Remember, the other driver’s insurance company has adjusters that seek to minimize, delay and deny your claim. You need help as soon as possible after a motor vehicle collision. Call Scherline & Associates, The Serious Injury Law Firm for a free no-obligation consultation at 610-437-1100.
What steps should I take to protect myself following a motor vehicle collision?
We encourage you to request a copy of our FREE publication, “What to Do After an Auto Accident.” This guide will provide you with a convenient checklist of important information and facts that can help you following a motor vehicle collision. Call us today at 610-437-1100 or click here to obtain a free copy for every driver in your household. It is a great guide worth keeping in your vehicle’s glove compartment at all times.
What should I do if I call the police and they do not come to the scene?
Unfortunately, it will be up to you to gather the necessary information. If you already have a copy of our FREE publication, “What to Do After an Auto Accident.” use the convenient checklist to gather the important information and facts that can help you following a motor vehicle collision. Otherwise, you will need to obtain the following information:
- Date, time and location of the collision.
- Name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and driver’s license number of the other driver(s) involved. Obtain this information directly from their driver’s license.
- Name, address, and telephone number of the owner of the other vehicle(s) involved. Obtain this information directly from the car/vehicle registration.
- The other driver’s insurance information, including insurance company name and insurance policy number. Obtain this information directly from the insurance card.
- Name, address, and telephone number of any passengers in any of the vehicles involved in the collision.
- Name, address, and telephone number of any witness to the collision.
- Take photographs of the scene and all vehicles involved in the collision.
- The specific details of where the collision occurred, including intersecting streets, mile-markers, street addresses, and/or other landmarks.
- Diagram the roadways involved, including notations of any traffic control devices such as stop signs, speed limit signs, and traffic signals.
- Weather conditions and roadway conditions.