9 steps to take if you've been in an automobile accident

Automobile accident

Winter in Maine can be treacherous. From icy roads to slippery sidewalks, Mother Nature disrupts daily commutes and everyday activities during our coldest months.

Being prepared is the first step to staying safe, and knowing your rights and how to protect yourself after an accident is top priority. We represent injured Mainers who have been hurt by no fault of their own, which is why we'd like to share the following steps to make sure you're prepared in the event of an unforeseen crash.

1. STOP - State law requires that you not leave the scene of an accident. Take safety precautions to help prevent further accidents or injury.

2. CALL THE POLICE - Contact the state, local, or city police and provide the necessary facts. Obtain the investigating officer’s name and badge number.

3. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION - If you or anyone involved has been injured, seek medical attention immediately. This protects your health and documents the injury.

4. IDENTIFY OTHER DRIVER(S) - Obtain the name, address, phone number, license plate and insurance information of the other driver(s).

5. IDENTIFY ALL WITNESSES - Obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers and comments. Make note of the time, weather, road, and lighting conditions.

6. TAKE PHOTOS OF THE ACCIDENT SCENE - Take pictures of skid marks, debris in the roadway, and property damage to all vehicles or structures involved.

7. TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR INJURIES - Be sure to take pictures of your injury each day as bruising and swelling often become more visible.

8. CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY - An agent will help you start the claims process. However, do not provide a statement to the other driver’s insurance company.

9. DIAL 207-CALL-JOE - Delay may affect your rights. Speak with the legal experts at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. It's free and confidential.


Maine lawyers working for Maine people since 1974.

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