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Posted on: June 1, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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No one wants to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, there were 72,503 automobile crashes in Oklahoma in 2015 alone. The more frequently you drive, the more your chances of being in an accident increase. There are also other factors that contribute to being in an automobile accident, such as fatigue, road conditions and passenger activity. While drivers should take every precaution to reduce the chances of being in an accident, you should also be aware of the collision responsibilities you have after an accident.

What Should I Do After an Accident?

Even the slightest accident can be disconcerting to everyone involved. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm. The ability to think quickly and clearly will mitigate the circumstances of the accident and help to resolve any issues. Remain calm and remember the following collision responsibilities:

  1. Stop Immediately. Do not ever leave the scene of a collision. Doing so is a violation of the law and could lead to your prosecution.
  2. Ensure the Safety of Everyone Involved. First, check yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. Next, check the driver and passengers of any other vehicles involved. Avoid moving any injured persons unless they are in imminent danger (i.e., a fire).
  3. Call 9-1-1. Contact emergency personnel and report the accident. Give your exact location and all information possible including the type of accident, how many people are involved, and describe any injuries to the victims. Stay on the line until emergency personnel arrive.
  4. Get Out of Traffic. If there are no injuries, and traffic poses a danger, move the vehicles involved out of traffic, if possible. Of course, if the vehicles are disabled this is not possible. If the vehicles cannot be moved or there are injuries, use emergency lights or signals to warn other drivers.
  5. Take Pictures of the Accident Scene. Include all vehicles from as many angles as possible. Record the surrounding area, especially any factors that may have contributed to the accident, such as wet or damaged pavement, gravel on the road, etc. Also be sure to take a picture of the license plates on all vehicles involved in the accident.
  6. Cooperate Fully with Police and Emergency Personnel. Their job is to treat any injuries, investigate the cause of the accident, and prevent further injuries or accidents involving other motorists. Follow their instructions and answer their questions. Do not admit fault or apologize. This can be used against you later by the police or if litigation occurs.
  7. Trade Information with Other Drivers. Obtain names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information from all other drivers involved in the accident. Share yours as well. It is also a good idea to obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident.
  8. Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company. There is no way to guarantee the driver responsible for the accident will follow proper procedures and pay for the repairs to your vehicle, or for any needed medical treatment. Report the accident to your insurance company and let them deal with the other driver.

A similar listing of collision responsibilities can be found in Section 4, Page 5 of the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual. Download your free copy today.

Experienced Personal Accident Attorneys

Even after properly fulfilling your collision responsibilities, issues may arise from your accident that require legal representation. A compassionate and professional Oklahoma auto accident attorney at Edwards & Patterson Law is ready to help if you have been in an accident in eastern Oklahoma, McAlester or Tulsa. Protect your rights and interests by contacting our skilled car accident lawyers. It is important to contact us immediately before evidence disappears and witnesses forget details of the accident.

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, especially one that resulted in injuries, call the experienced Oklahoma lawyers at Edwards & Patterson Law. We provide free case evaluations. Call us today at 877-403-8417 or contact us online. Our team takes cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay no attorney fees unless you recover monetary damages.

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