Collision Victim Rights
What You Should Know —
Things to do in the first 48 hours after an auto collision in Arkansas:
- Report the collision to police if you are able.
- Do not apologize for the collision or say anything that could be interpreted as admitting fault.
- Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- See a doctor or go to the emergency room as soon as possible. If you delay seeking treatment, it will be hard for you to prove your injuries were caused by the car collision. Tell your doctor who treats you that you were in a collision.
- After you have received medical attention, take pictures of the collision scene and the cars involved.
- Write down a detailed statement about the collision. Include any details you can remember. Did the other car have a company name or logo? Did the condition of the road contribute to the collision?
- Call your car insurance company. Give them the basic facts of the collision, including the time, location, and the names of people who were injured. Do not give a recorded statement without talking to a lawyer.
- Contact an Arkansas auto collision attorney as soon as possible. Bring your insurance documents to the consultation. Most Arkansas lawyers who handle car collision cases offer a free initial consultation. Don't give up if one lawyer is not interested in your case. Many lawyers obtain successful settlements in car collision cases that another attorney has turned down.
- If you hire a lawyer, let your lawyer handle all communications with both your car insurance company concerning your PIP claim and the insurance company of the at-fault driver.
- Keep a diary of your medical treatment and how your life has changed since the auto collision.