Tips if You’re Ever in an Accident
So, I was talking with a non-lawyer friend of mine the other day and he was telling me how lucky we are to live in Louisville–because “we don’t have that many car accidents. “
While I certainly agree we are lucky to live in Louisville, it certainly has nothing to do with the number of car wrecks. In fact, Kentucky as a whole has statistically more injuries and fatalities involving semi-trucks than other states, probably because of the convergence of I-264 (Watterson Expressway), I-65 (Martin Luther King Highway) and I-64 and I-71, all in Louisville– this is commonly known around here as Spaghetti Junction.
If you are ever involved in an automobile accident, you should do the following:
- If someone is injured, you should call for help immediately. Provide basic first aid but don’t move an injured person unless you have medical training.
- Make note of the time of day, any weather factors that may have contributed to the accident, the position of the cars, etc.
- Courteously exchange information with the other parties involved such as names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, insurance companies and policy numbers, if possible.
- If there were witnesses to the accident, get their names and telephone numbers. If the police are called, make a note of the reporting officer’s name.
- Report the accident to your insurance agent or company as soon as possible, even if you were not at fault.
- And, if you were injured, and the accident was not your fault, hire a lawyer.