What to do in the Event of a Car Accident

Auto accidents are an unfortunate part of our world. When the dust settles after a collision, it’s important to know the right steps to take to protect yourself legally and financially. At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we understand the confusion and stress that people experience after an accident. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the post-collision legal process and insurance claims, offering valuable insights to help you make informed decisions during this challenging time.


1. Ensure Safety First

Before delving into legalities, always prioritize your safety. If you’re involved in a collision, your wellbeing should be the top priority. If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location, turn on hazard lights, and check for injuries. If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.


2. Exchange Information with the Other Party

Exchange information with the other driver. This includes names, contact details, insurance information, and vehicle registration numbers. Take note of the accident location and gather contact information from any witnesses. These details will be crucial during the insurance claims process.


3. Contact the Authorities

Depending on the severity of the accident, it may be necessary to involve law enforcement. Call the police at the scene, and make sure to obtain a copy of the police report. This document can serve as valuable evidence during insurance claims and potential litigation.


4. Document the Scene

Take pictures of the accident scene, vehicle damage, license plates, and any visible injuries. These photos can provide crucial evidence to support your case later on. Additionally, jot down your account of the events while they are still fresh in your memory.


5. Notify Your Insurance Company

Promptly notify your insurance company about the accident. Provide them with all the necessary details, including the information gathered from the other party and the police report. A timely report is crucial to ensure a seamless claims process.


6. Understanding Insurance Coverage

Work closely with your insurance company to understand the coverage you have and the process for filing a claim. This includes coverage for medical expenses, property damage, and any potential liability issues. Ask questions and seek clarification to ensure you have a clear understanding of what your policy covers. 


7. Dealing with the Other Party’s Insurance

If the other party is at fault, their insurance company will be involved. Be cautious when communicating with them. The adjuster might try to shift some, or even all, of the fault for the crash onto you. Stick to the facts and do not volunteer information they don’t request. 


8. Consider Legal Counsel

If the insurance process becomes complex or if there is a dispute over liability, consider seeking legal counsel. Experienced lawyers, such as those at Vames, Wang & Sosa, can provide invaluable guidance, ensuring your rights are protected and helping you navigate potential litigation.


9. Medical Attention and Personal Injury Claims

If you sustained injuries in the accident, seek medical attention promptly. Document your medical expenses and consider pursuing a personal injury claim. Consult with legal professionals to understand your options and the potential compensation you may be entitled to.


10. Litigation 

In some cases, litigation may become necessary to resolve disputes or secure fair compensation. Your attorney can guide you through the process, and ensure that your rights are protected. 


Dealing with the aftermath of a vehicle collision can be overwhelming, but knowing the right steps to take can make a significant difference. Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers are here to help you navigate the post-collision legal process with confidence. Our experienced team of attorneys in Hillsboro and Gresham understand the complexities of insurance claims, legal proceedings, and the challenges you may face after an accident. 


We’re dedicated to providing personalized assistance, ensuring your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation you deserve. Don’t navigate the aftermath alone—reach out to us for a free consultation, and let us offer you the support you need during this challenging time. Trust us to be your ally in the legal process. Call us today!

Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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