Automobile, Motorcycle, Bicycle, & Pedestrian Accidents

After an automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident, you or a loved one may have sustained serious injuries. If the accident was due to the fault of another, you are entitled to receive payment for your pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, lost wages, medical costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

If an Accident Occurs

1. Remain Calm
You should try to stay calm after an accident so that you can accurately gather information about what happened. If you or someone is seriously injured, call 911 and wait for help.

2. Call the Police
Always call the local police department, Sheriff’s office, or Highway Patrol immediately.

3. Identify The Other Driver
Collect information about the other driver, including their name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license plate number, insurance company, and insurance policy number.

4. Witnesses?
Gather information from anyone who witnessed the accident, including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Write down any statements made to you by witnesses.

5. Collect Evidence!
Write down any information regarding how the accident occurred. Note the date and time of the accident, the location of the accident, and anything said to you by the person who caused your accident. TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS!

6. What You Say Is Important!
What you do and say at the scene could affect your right to receive compensation. Do NOT talk about the accident to anyone, except police officers at the scene. If police do not arrive at the scene, simply exchange information with the other driver. State law requires all drivers to provide their name, address, license number of their vehicle, and their driver’s license number. Do NOT discuss who is at fault. Keep your notes strictly to yourself. Do NOT sign any paperwork without consulting my office.

7. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If an ambulance is not available or necessary, have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room or urgent care. Then, see your primary care physician. Your injuries could be worse than they first appear.

8. Contact My Office Immediately!
I will personally assist you at any time, day or night. Contact me immediately for a free consultation. I will spend time with you to obtain information, answer all your questions, and explain your legal rights.

If you are injured in an accident, you have rights!
Personal Injury Attorney Garry S. Malin can help you!