Whether coming from a fun day at Adventureland or Water World, or just heading home after a dinner at Oak & Olive, most residents of Dothan, Alabama, are familiar with how hectic highway 84 can get, especially during certain times of the day. This creates irregular traffic patterns, and many drivers find themselves frustrated and aggravated when trying to deal with traffic and other drivers.
Unfortunately, traffic jams are not the only result of busy roads. This flow of Dothan life often results in motor vehicle accidents, including car, motorcycle, truck, and pedestrian accidents. On roads with such high usage, like highway 84 or 431, many residents find themselves victim to these types of collisions. Even the safest of drivers find themselves in an accident every so often. No matter how good of a driver you think you are, accidents happen. This fact is inevitable.
No one expects to be in an accident. So when it happens, many people find themselves confused and not sure where to turn. If you have been in an accident, your head is probably swirling with many different questions. Was this somehow your fault? How can you tell? Will the other driver’s insurance cover your expenses? What about your medical bills? If you have to take time off of work, how will you afford all of your expenses, new and old?
All of these questions, and many more, are completely normal to have after you have been in a car accident, and it is important that you are asking these questions. Many times, people find themselves so flustered and fearful that they are afraid to think about these types of questions and even more afraid to find out the answer. However, it is important that during this time you do not let your fear and frustration take over. There are many steps that need to be taken after an accident like this, and these negative emotions that many people find themselves feeling can often get in the way.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident in the Dothan, Alabama, area, you need legal guidance to help you through the following steps. The attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. can help you understand these steps and help you achieve success. Contact us today for more help and information.
What are the specific steps that you should take?
From the moment that your car has impact with another car, there are steps that should be taken. If any of these steps are skipped, it could prove to be costly in the future.
Make sure everyone is okay. This should be the very first thing that happens following the accident. Check the health of yourself, any passengers in your car, the other driver, and any passengers in their car. Once it is determined that everyone is okay (or an ambulance has been called, if not), you can move on to the next step.
Call the police. A common misconception that people have is that drivers do not have to contact the police after minor accidents. However, even the smallest fender-benders disrupt traffic patterns. Even if you do not believe that you need police help to figure out the details of the accident, the police should at least be alerted that the accident has happened and that traffic patterns have changed.
Exchange information. Once it is clear that everyone is safe and the police have been alerted, it is time to exchange information with the other driver and passengers. The most important types of information that you should gather include driver’s license information, insurance information, and information about the car and accident itself. Having this information assures that you will be able to contact the driver, as well as their insurance company, at a later date.
Get witness information. If anyone saw the accident happen, it is important to get his or her information as well. This can prove to be very beneficial if the accident results in a lawsuit of any sort. Having someone who was there provide information about what he or she saw can help determine who was at fault for the accident. Do not, however, admit fault to anyone. You can gather information from the witness(es), but that is it.
Take photos of the scene. While you are still at the site, take photos of everything around you, even if you may not think that it is relevant. Weather conditions, objects in the road, and many other things can result in an accident and can help prove who was at fault and how the accident occurred.
Contact your insurance company. After you have left the scene of the accident, it is important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The sooner that you contact them and the more information that you provide, the better you are setting yourself up for the future. The more recent that the accident is in your head, the more details you will remember and the better you can relay that information to the insurance company.
Keep track of your medical treatment. If it turns out that you were injured at the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. You can be compensated for your property damage, medical expenses, and even the time you needed to take off of work. However, there is no way to calculate how much money you have spent on medical treatment, if this arises, unless you keep track of all of your medical bills.
Contact a personal injury attorney. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are best setting yourself up for the future.
If you or a loved one has been injured at the fault of another driver in the Dothan, Alabama/Houston County area, do not hesitate to contact an experienced car accident attorney at Martinson & Beason, P.C. today.