In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a
preliminary report showing that the number of miles traveled by vehicles
on our nation’s roads increased by approximately 6.6 billion miles
in 2009. In 2008 (the last year for which data is currently available),
more than 6 million vehicle crashes were reported to the police in the
U.S.; injuries occurred in almost a third of those crashes.
Unfortunately, those numbers suggest that many of us will be involved in
If you’re involved in a car accident, the first thing you should
expect is confusion. If the accident is severe, you will be confused,
and probably in shock. So will the other people involved, as well as any
witnesses. The shock will make it more difficult for all of those involved
to remember the details of what happened. The police will arrive–whether
called by you or by someone else. Paramedics might be called, as well.
Various people will ask you for information.
You should expect to be asked for identification, as well as insurance
information. You should also be aware that your own insurance company
will expect you to report the accident to them as soon as possible, and
may refuse to pay if you unduly delay reporting.
While it is important to provide thorough and truthful information to the
police and rescue workers, it is also important for you to gather evidence,
if at all possible. In order to best protect yourself, you should try
to jot down:
- the date and time of the accident
- the exact location
- the weather conditions at the time of the accident
- the license plate(s) of the other car(s) involved, or their make, model, and color
- the names and phone numbers of all of the people who were in your car and
in the other car(s) involve
- the car insurance information of all the other drivers involved
- the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Gathering such information will make it easier for you to resolve any claims
that arise out of the accident.
If you are involved in a car accident in Reno, Nevada, you should consider
contacting an experienced Reno attorney who would be able to evaluate
the situation and help you protect your interests. Call Joey Gilbert &
Associates, today for a free consultation - (775) 574-4774. Never a fee
unless we win your case.