Car Accidents In Milledgeville
Many car accidents happen in Milledgeville along Georgia highway 44 near the Milledgeville Mall. With the increased traffic in the Milledgeville downtown area due to the colleges, traffic collisions are common occurrences on a daily basis. What should you do if you are the victim of an automobile collision? Here at the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker we recommend seven (7) tips to follow when you are the injured victim of an auto crash. These seven auto collision tips are as follows:
- Immediately call the police. Don’t let the other party talk you out of documenting the evidence. They will usually change their story if the evidence and facts have not been documented by the police. Too many problems can, and do, happen when you don’t have a police report. This is true even if the accident happens on private property.
- Immediately document all evidence by taking photographs. We all have cell phone cameras so photograph the property damage to the cars, the other drivers license plate, and the surrounding highway or intersection where the collision occurred from every angle. Photograph any other relevant information or facts before you leave the collision scene.
- Get information from any witnesses before they take off from the collision scene. Get their names, addresses, work and cell phone numbers. Don’t rely on the police to record the witness information in their police report as many times they forget to include that important information in their official police report.
- Exchange all information with the other driver. This includes the home address, home telephone number, work address, work telephone number and their cell phone number. Then get all of their insurance information including the name of their insurance company, policy number and the phone number for their claims office.
- Even if you are just a little sore, make sure that you document any and all injuries with the investigating police officer. All insurance companies make a big deal if they get a copy of the police report and it says that nobody complained of any injuries at the collision scene. It is better to be safe and list your complaints immediately as most soft tissue injuries don’t really develop or set in until 12-24 hours after the collision.
- Report the collision immediately to your own insurance company as your insurance contract states that you will notify them in a timely manner. This is important in case you later discover that the at fault driver’s insurance coverage had lapsed or had been cancelled and you get into an uninsured motorist claim situation.
- And lastly, do not give a recorded statement to the at fault driver’s insurance company without first calling Falanga and Chalker. Like in a criminal case, anything you say can and will be used against you. Seek expert legal advice from the highly skilled personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at our office by either calling the number displayed on this web site or by filling out the “Contact Us” form located on our home page.