Car accidents are a fact of life on Pennyslvania roads where there is an average of 332 car crashes every day. Of those 332 crashes, an average of four wrecks result in deaths and an average of 241 result in injuries of some degree. Statistics from 2010 show a total of 121,312 reportable car accidents in the state, 1,324 fatalities and 87,949 personal injuries.
Luzerne County itself saw a total of 3,395 automobile accidents in 2010 with 30 deaths, 1,703 injuries and 1,662 instances of property damage.
What to do and not to do after an accident
The determination of an injury as “serious” is not a completely objective one. Therefore, ensuring that you take the proper steps in the event of an accident is critical to maintaining your option to pursue legal action if need be.
The first thing that should be done when an accident happens is to attend to any critical injuries and secure proper medical attention. After that, here are some prudent reminders for what you should and should not do after an injury accident occurs:
- Obtain all information from the other driver, including name, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number and insurance company name, policy number and phone number.
- Obtain names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the accident scene; include the vehicles, the roadway and general environment and any injuries if appropriate.
- Never admit fault, even if you truly believe you caused the accident.
- Never provide a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company without first speaking to an attorney.
Even in situations where the cause or fault of an accident seems evident, there may be circumstances that can change such determinations in the even that a lawsuit is filed. Be wise and gather as much data as you can without providing any information that may be used against you at a later date. After an accident, it is always best to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.