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You’re driving peacefully down the road with your spouse on the passenger side and your child in the backseat, when suddenly, “CRASH!” – a large truck ran the light in a hurry to work trying to beat it before turning red, except he mistimed it and was a few seconds too late.
These situations and much worse take place more often than it should. We understand what you’re going through right now. What’s important is that you and your family are safe and sound.
Here’s What To Do After An Ann Arbor Vehicle Accident
First, get to SAFETY.
Post-accident, if vehicle escape is feasible it’s imperative to prioritize securing personal safety *immediately* before emergency responders arrive to the scene to avoid the risk of a secondary accident with another motor vehicle.
Secondly, call 9-1-1.
If the vehicle is blocking traffic or someone has been injured, the second course of action is to contact 9-1-1 to have the police and medical team on its way to you as soon as possible. If no one’s injured and traffic is flowing freely, call the non-emergency police number instead.
Third, DOCUMENT the accident.
While still on the scene, document as much as you can about the accident which includes securing the other drivers ID and insurance information and taking photos of each vehicle, the scene of the accident, and any injuries suffered.
Fourth, seek MEDICAL ATTENTION.
Regardless how small the crash, err on the side of caution and seek medical attention to inspect for hidden, internal injuries such as concussions, broken bones or gashes. Often times the adrenaline rush from the event can cause individuals to not feel pain until hours, days or in some rare cases, weeks after the accident.
Fifth, file a POLICE REPORT.
When the dust settles, Michigan law demands reporting of any accident involving a motor vehicle that caused more than $1,000 in property damage, resulted in a death or injury, or any damages accrued on unattended vehicles or other property.
Lastly, contact Legacy as your no-fault attorney.
Notify your insurance company of intent to file a claim within 24 or else your claim could be ‘null and void’ of potential benefits due to you and your family. Ideally, we recommend contacting insurance as fast as humanly possible to avoid missing your deadline.
Though you could go through this process alone, we recommend against it because it could leave you vulnerable to scrutiny and attack by your own insurance companies adjusters.
People learn FAST how quick their insurance company will go ‘out of their way’ to deny your claim regardless how much proof you have at your disposal. Compassion and empathy are often thrown out the window in favor of profit and saving money. They’re happy to take your deposit and premiums, but if they had it their way they would fight you on a large claim all the way to court. We specialize in PREVENTING court appearances and settling for the highest amount possible on your behalf.
Also, be careful of initial statements made to your insurance company. It could have devastating financial repercussions. We can file it for you on your behalf based on your written testimony and proof of damages.