Do you know how to respond if you’re involved in an automobile accident? Statistics report that an auto accident occurs every six seconds along the Oregon roadways. Furthermore, it is estimated that everyone will be involved in at least one auto accident over the course of their lifetime. Most people will be involved in multiple accidents. It’s best that you know how to respond when the incident occurs.
First, never leave the scene of an accident under any circumstances. This is illegal and can result in the suspension of your driving privileges. Furthermore, you need information from other parties involved in the accident, which you cannot collect if you leave the scene. If you’re injured in the accident, call 9-1-1 immediately. Nothing is more important than tending to your injuries.
Remain calm, as difficult as it might seem to be. Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident. Gather information from any witnesses to the accident as well. Take photos at this time in case it is needed later down the line. When exchanging information with other drivers, get their name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and their auto insurance information.
You want to report the accident to the Oregon DMV within 72-hours of the event if the damages exceed more than $1,500, if the vehicle is towed, or if there are injuries or a death. Failure to report the accident can result in suspension of your driving privileges. You should also notify the auto insurance company that you’re with to report the accident.
If you are injured in the accident, don’t quickly accept the settlement amount the insurance company offers. Talk to an Oregon auto accident attorney first because they oftentimes lowball their clients. You may be able to file a lawsuit and recoup much more money.