Every year in Wisconsin, there are: - Roughly 115,000 recorded car accidents - Approximately 24,000 car accidents involving injuries. - Almost 600 crash-related fatalities If you’ve been in an accident, here is what to do immediately after.
- Assess the situation - Turn your hazard lights on - Move your car to the shoulder (if possible or if necessary) - DO NOT LEAVE THE SCENE
Try to capture pictures of: - Vehicle damage - Road conditions - Signage - License plates - Injuries
- Call the police as soon as possible to analyze the situation and create an official report. - If there is a serious injury, call 911. Otherwise, the non-emergency line should be ok.
- Even if you don’t believe you are injured, get checked by the medical staff. - Some injuries take time to emerge. - Medical staff can spot the early signs of injuries – like a concussion or spinal injury.
You’ll need to gather the following information from the at-fault party: - Name - Phone number - Address - Driver’s license number - License plate number - Insurance company name and policy number (if available) - Location of accident (address or intersection)
- You will be questioned by law enforcement and insurers. - State only the facts, nothing more. - Do not apologize or say anything that may imply fault.
If you were injured in the car accident and are seeking compensation, contact a Wisconsin personal injury attorney ASAP. They will guide you in gathering information and building a claim.
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