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What to Do When Involved in a Multi-vehicle Accident

Posted on: January 11, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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People are seldom prepared to handle the stress and strain of a multi-vehicle auto accident. Depending on the severity of the situation, it can be a very traumatic experience.  Knowing what to do ahead of time can ease some of the anxiety.

Steps That Must Be Taken in a Multi-vehicle Accident
Oklahoma law requires certain steps to be followed when there is an accident. First of all, immediately stop. To leave the scene of an accident is to expose yourself to charges of “hit and run.” No matter how small your involvement is in the collision, you must stay until the proper authorities give you permission to leave.

Help the other accident victims if you are able; however, avoid moving anyone because you could make their injuries worse. The only exception to this is if there is a life threatening situation such as fire or leaking gas.

Call 911. If you are unable to do it, ask someone else to call and be sure to relay your exact location to the authorities. Give as much information as possible to the emergency operator and do not end the call until told to do so or unless the operator hangs up first.

An Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Collison Report will need to be filed if damages are above $300 and if there is personal injury or death. Be precise with the date and location of the multi-vehicle accident. You will be able to get this form from the officer investigating the accident or any law enforcement office. This report needs to be filed even if other reports are required.

Exchange of Information
Gathering information after the fact can be difficult. If you are able, exchange information with the other drivers involved. Be sure to get the names and addresses of the other drivers and car owners if the driver is not the owner. Get driver license numbers and vehicle registration numbers. You will also need to exchange insurance information. This includes names of insurance companies, agents’ names, policy numbers and effective dates of the policies. Your insurance company will need this information.

Moving Off the Road
It is important to move the vehicles out of the flow of traffic, if there are no injuries or death involved. If an involved vehicle is transporting hazardous materials it is to remain where it is. Otherwise vehicles that are obstructing traffic should be moved to the side of the roadway.

Stay Calm
It is normal to be upset and stressed when you are involved in an accident of any kind, fender bender or multi-vehicle accident. Do your best to stay calm. Collect your thoughts and the other drivers’ information. This is not a time for pointing fingers. Be honest and forthright with the officers reporting the accident.

Oklahoma is what is known as a tort state. Unlike states with no-fault insurance, Oklahoma determines who is at fault and that person pays the medical expenses of the victims. Whether you are at fault or a victim in a car accident, obtaining competent legal representation is necessary for the protection of your rights and in the case where you are a victim, to be assured of getting adequate compensation for your injuries and damages.

Residents of Eastern Oklahoma can turn to Edwards & Patterson for excellent legal counsel. Known for honor and integrity we will fight for you until the job is complete. Give us a call for a free consultation.

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