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.
Jebaily Law Firm, is one of South Carolina’s long-established and well-respected legal practices. Located in Florence, S.C., we are trial lawyers focused on plaintiff litigation in personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, and criminal defense. Established in 1969, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in protecting the rights of clients and advocating for the safety and well-being of South Carolina citizens.