Attorney Ashley Starling explains what to do if you are in an auto accident. If you are able to, get out of the vehicle and take pictures before you move the vehicles. Also, take a photo of the other person’s license, photo ID, and any insurance information that they have.
“Hi, I’m Ashley Starling with Willis Spangler Starling and this is your Weekly Winter Safety Tip. My next tip is what to do if you’re in an auto accident and there are billboards saying police do not want you to call unless someone is injured, but you want to make sure the accident is reported correctly. The first and most important thing is if you can get out of your vehicle, get out of your vehicle and document the collision itself and the damage before you move the vehicles.
So for example, if you’re in a rear-end collision, before anyone moves their vehicle, make sure you take photos of how the impact occurred. At the end of the day whether or not police show up is really of no help to you. Ultimately, what the police decide as far as traffic citations or who is responsible does not come into evidence if heavens forbid you have to later file a lawsuit.
Most importantly, however, is that the insurance companies are able to reconstruct the accident to determine what actually happened. So make sure, if you cannot get the police to come to an accident scene, that you take photos immediately before you move your vehicle. Also make sure you take a photograph of the license plate of the person that hit you, because we can always track down the person that hit you if we have a license plate. Make sure to also take a photo of their photo ID and also take a photo of any insurance information they produce at the scene. Again, if you need any help, I’m Ashley Starling with Willis Spangler Starling and this is your Weekly Winter Safety Tip.”