Return to Traffic Collisions


Place this checklist in your glove compartment.

After a traffic collision, you should take the following steps:

1.    Contact Police: Contact the police, sheriff or highway patrol.  

        Insist that the officer take a report.

2.    Involved Person Identification: Obtain the following information from each and every person
       involved in the collision:

        Vehicle license plate number:
        Driver's license number:
        Insurance information:

3.     Witness Identification: Obtain from each witness, their:

        Telephone Number:

4.    Photograph:  Take photographs of the following:

Scene: The collison/accident scene;

Vehicles: All vehicles involved (before repairs are made)

Your Injuries: Any visible injuries (cuts, bruises, swelling).

5.    Don't speak to anyone about the accident or injuries except:

        Police Officer(s): Talk to police officers about accident and injuries.

        Your doctor(s): Talk to your medical professionals (See #8 below).

        Your lawyer: Speak to your lawyer (It's confidential).

6.     Insurance Adjuster: Don't speak to an insurance adjuster about the incident without first
        receiving legal advise.  Anything you say can and will be used against you!

7.    Promptly seek medical attention.  

8.    Tell your physician or doctor:

                How the injury occurred ("I was involved in an intersectional traffic collison."); and

                All your symptoms and complaints.

Report memory problems, confusion or disorientation to your physician, chiropractor, or healthcare practitioner even if it seems minor.   

7.    Don't sign anything without first consulting an attorney at law.

8.    Call an experienced personal injury attorney to receive a consultation. 

Contact attorney Matthew B. Tozer for a free consultation to protect your rights.


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