What to do if you are in an accident

What to do if you are in an accident

  • If you are involved in an accident, the first thing you should always do is call the police, they need to investigate the accident and prepare a collision report.
  • Try to take pictures of the collision before the vehicles are moved, and surrounding area, including street signs and traffic lights.
  • Gather contact information from any and all witnesses, their statements may be needed later.
  • Seek medical attention. This is crucial because even if you don’t think you need treatment, symptoms or injuries often show up hours or even days after your accident.
  • Do not speak the the at-fault drivers insurance, call GIG HARBOR LAW and let us do the talking for you.
  • Report the accident immediately to your insurance company to report the claim and open a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim..
  • If repairs are needed for your vehicle, get that taken care of as quickly as possible. The cost of the repairs are needed for your claim.
  • Always fully follow the recommended treatment of your doctors, therapists and any one else assisting in your recovery.
  • Be aware of the time that has passed since your accident. In Washington State, the statute of limitations gives you three (3) years from the date of the accident to file a claim.