Auto Accident Forms Information

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There are approximately 6 million car accidents in the United States each year.  While the accident details differ from case to case, there are common steps that all accident victims should follow and certain forms that should be completed.

Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

After all immediate medical needs have been met, an auto accident investigation will begin.  While the police conduct their auto accident investigation, you should be conducting your own investigation.  Specifically, you should:

  • Take notes about all of the accident details;
  • Take pictures of the road conditions. Road conditions may include dangerous weather conditions, debris in the road, poorly marked lines, and poor road surfaces, for example; and
  • Gather names and contact information of witnesses and other drivers.

Forms to Fill out After an Auto Accident

Auto accident investigations and recoveries require a lot of paperwork.  If you are involved in an accident then you be requested to complete any or all of the following types of forms:

  • Release Form:  when you settle your case you will be asked by the opposing party to sign a release form that bars you from seeking further compensation from that party for your injuries in the future.
  • Driver’s Report of a Motor Vehicle Accident: if the police do not come to investigate your accident then you should file a report of a motor vehicle accident with the police department in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred.
  • Request for a Copy of Accident Report: if the police did investigate your accident then you should complete this form to obtain a copy of the completed accident report.
  • Auto Accident Claim Form: this form is used to request payment from an insurance company for the injuries that you sustained in an auto accident.

All of these forms have serious legal consequences that could affect your potential liability and your potential recovery in an automobile accident.

How an Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help

Before you complete and sign any form related to your auto accident, it is important that you seek the advice and counsel of an auto accident attorney.  An auto accident attorney will protect your rights and help you recover fair and just damages in an auto accident.

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