What Information Do I Need?
If you have been in a car accident, write down the following:
- The full name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance information for all drivers.
- The full names, addresses, and phone numbers for all passengers, pedestrians, witnesses, and vehicle owners.
- Location, date, and time of the accident.
- A detailed description of the accident, including which direction the vehicles were going, weather conditions, time of day, what happened, any injuries and what was damaged.
- Any problems with vehicles not caused by the accident, such as broken lights or worn-down tires.
- Any visible or known conditions of any drivers or passengers such as drugs, alcohol, disabilities, eyeglasses, cell phone use, seat belt use, etc.
Should I call the police?
Yes, calling the police provides proof of the accident and allows for an investigation of the scene.
How should I handle medical treatment?
When in doubt, always seek medical treatment. Delaying treatment or trying to “tough it out” can be used against you. The defense can argue that you were not really hurt or that some other event caused your injuries.
Should I contact an attorney?
Yes. Contact Hilbrich Law Firm to discuss your case. We provide free consultations and take these cases on contingency fee cases, which means if there is no recovery, there is no attorney fee.
Should I contact my insurance company?
Yes. Failure to contact or cooperate with your insurance company may reduce or eliminate your coverage. Also, you may have rights and benefits under your policy that you may not know of. However, we recommend you contact us first.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company? What if they call me?
No, not without an attorney. You have no obligation to do so. Contact Hilbrich Law Firm before you speak to any insurance company representatives.
What should I bring to my attorney?
Items you should bring include:
- Pictures of the vehicles involved;
- Pictures of the scene of the accident;
- A copy of your vehicle’s repair estimate;
- A copy of the accident report;
- Information about the person who caused the accident and his/her insurance claim information;
- Names and contact information of any witnesses;
- Your medical records and bills;
- Pictures of your injuries;
- Your insurance policy and claim information; and
- A list of healthcare providers you treated with for your injuries.