As a Seattle attorney with years of experience handling car accident cases, I want to share what steps to take after a car crash.

  1. Stay Calm and Safe: After the accident, take a deep breath and stay calm. Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location away from traffic to avoid further accidents.
  2. Call for Help: Dial 911 and report the accident to the police. Request emergency medical assistance if anyone is injured. It’s important to have an official record of the accident, which can be helpful for insurance and legal purposes.
  3. Exchange Information: Exchange contact, insurance, and vehicle information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Be sure to get their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. You should also gather contact information from any witnesses present at the scene.
  4. Document the Scene: Use your smartphone or a camera to document the accident scene. Take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries you or your passengers may have sustained. You can quickly take photos of the other party’s driver’s license and license plate. Sometimes people share incorrect information so it’s best to think proactively. This evidence can be valuable later when dealing with insurance companies or pursuing legal action.
  5. Avoid Making Admissions of Fault: Be cautious about what you say at the accident scene. Avoid admitting fault or making statements that could be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Stick to the facts when discussing the accident with the other driver(s), police, and witnesses.
  6. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don’t feel injured immediately after the accident, it’s crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as whiplash or internal injuries, may not be apparent right away. Record all medical treatment you receive, including hospital visits, doctor appointments, and medications prescribed.
  7. Notify Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with accurate and complete information about the accident. Avoid making any recorded statements without consulting with an attorney, as insurance companies may try to use your words against you to minimize their liability. As for the other party’s insurance company, hold off on talking to them. You have no obligations to share information with them and they don’t represent your interests.
  8. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney: Consider hiring a personal injury attorney focusing on car accidents to protect your rights and best interests. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, gather evidence, and pursue compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. You shouldn’t feel pressured to hire anyone but time is important. An experienced attorney can alleviate headaches and avoid pitfalls while dealing with insurance companies. Insurance company agents and adjusters are highly skilled at diminishing claims (that is their job!), and people often fall victim to their predatory practices. Even your own insurance company can be acting contrary to your best interests. Hire an expert! Call us for a pressure-free consultation to know what you are up against.
  9. Keep Records: Keep copies of all documents related to the accident, including police reports, medical records, repair estimates, and correspondence with insurance companies and other parties involved. These records can be crucial in building your case and maximizing your potential compensation.
  10. Limit Social Media Activity: Avoid posting about the accident or your injuries on social media. Insurance companies and defense attorneys can use your posts against you, so it’s best to refrain from discussing the accident or your injuries online.

Remember, these steps can help protect your rights and strengthen your potential personal injury claim. Stay cool, stay composed, and take action to ensure the best outcome for yourself after a car accident.


Andre Dayani is the founder of Dayani Law Firm. He works with his wife and law partner Lauren. Contact him by filling out the form below.