The Jebaily Law Firm has 10 easy steps for you to follow if you are involved in an automobile accident.

  1. Stop Immediately!
    South Carolina law states that if you are driving a vehicle involved in an accident that causes personal injury, death, or property damage you MUST stop at the accident scene.
  2. Assist the Injured and Protect the Scene
    Immediately make arrangements for an ambulance to come to the scene of the accident if anyone is injured. Do not try to move injured persons, unless they are in danger. If possible, warn oncoming vehicles of the collision to avoid further accidents.
  3. Call the Police
    Call the police immediately so that an official accident report can be filed. Unless you are injured, stay at the scene and cooperate with the investigating officer.
  4. Do not make comments
    Give no statements, oral or written to anyone except the police officer investigating your accident. Keep your accident notes and information to yourself. Do not admit or sign anything, even if you think you are at fault.
  5. Take Notes
    Keep a diary of all significant details concerning the accident. This physical evidence, including the position of cars and length of skid marks, will become useful when the case is ready to move to trial or settlement talks. Make a list of all damaged property. Take photographs of all damages and injuries. Keep track of all your doctor visits, prescriptions, contact with insurance companies/adjusters, how you feel from day to day and your lack of capabilities since the car accident.
  6. Record Witnesses
    Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses, who may have important information about the accident.
  7. Call Your Lawyer
    Contact your lawyer as soon as possible to assist in handling problems associated with the accident. You should be cautious of any person who offers to adjust your case or tries to hurry you into a settlement. If you need a car accident lawyer, contact Jebaily Law Firm.
  8. See a Doctor
    Have a physician examine you as soon as possible. Although you may not be bleeding or in pain right away, the accident can be the cause of serious and costly health problems at a later date.
  9. Inform your Insurance Company
    Make a thorough accident report to your automobile insurance liability company.
  10. Pay nothing
    Do not make any payments to the other party involved in the accident or promise to make any such payments.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact us online or call us at 843-667-0400 to set up a consultation to discuss your legal options.

Rangeley Bailey

After joining the Jebaily Law Firm of Florence in 2003, she has been able to do precisely that. Her practice focuses on clients who need help with Social Security Disability and people that have been injured in car accidents and other injury cases. “I enjoy helping people,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know them and understanding the challenges they face and figuring out the best way to help them.”