If you are involved in an automobile wreck, it is advisable to take the following steps to protect your rights and preserve available evidence:
- DO contact 9-1-1 and notify them that you have been involved in a wreck.
- DO determine whether any of the passengers in your vehicle have been injured and fi they need medical attention.
- DO Get the name, address, and contact information for the driver of the other vehicle and all witnesses to the wreck.
- DO NOT move your vehicle or any debris until the police or other law enforcement officials have arrived and recorded its location and resulting damage.
- DO seek immediate medical attention if you have been injured and follow all instructions/restrictions provided by your treating physician.
- DO take several pictures of the resulting damage to your automobile — this is an important piece of evidence.
- DO take pictures of any visible injuries that you have sustained, to include bruises, swelling, cuts, and abrasions.
- DO obtain a copy of the Alabama Uniform Traffic Crash Report from the police department or other law enforcement agency.
- DO NOT provide a recorded statement (assume all telephone conversations are being recorded) to an insurance adjuster or investigator working for an insurance company.
- DO NOT sign any documents, to include a medical authorization (which likely would permit an insurance company to obtain ALL of your medical records from the day you were born).
- DO NOT attempt to resolve your bodily injury and lost wages claim until you have completed all of your medical treatment and been released by all of your treating physicians.
DO Contact The Ryder Law Firm and we will evaluate your case and further advise you as to the best course of action to take.