What to Do After a Car Accident in Utah

Getting involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience. In Utah, like in most states, there are steps you need to take immediately after the accident to ensure your safety and well-being, and that of the other parties involved. Here are the key things you need to do if you are involved in a car accident in Utah:What to Do After a Car Accident in Utah

Check for Injuries and Call for Help

The first step after a car accident is to check if anyone is hurt. If someone is injured, call 911 immediately. Even if no one appears to be injured, it’s still important to call the police. The police will come to the scene of the accident to create an accident report, which can be helpful when filing an insurance claim.

Move to a Safe Location

If possible, move your car out of the way of traffic to a safe location. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers of the accident. If your car is not drivable, do not attempt to move it, as it may cause further damage. In such a case, wait for the police to arrive.

Exchange Information

Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident, including names, phone numbers, insurance policy numbers, and license plate numbers. If there are witnesses, get their contact information as well. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your car and other vehicles.

Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with all the information you have collected, including the accident report and any pictures you have taken. Your insurance company will guide you through the claims process.

Seek Medical Attention

If you have been injured in the accident, seek medical attention immediately, even if the injuries appear minor. Delaying medical attention may exacerbate your injuries and make it harder to file a successful insurance claim.

Consult an Attorney

If the accident was serious or caused significant injuries or property damage, consider consulting an attorney who specializes in personal injury or car accidents. An attorney can help you navigate the legal complexities of your case, including negotiating with insurance companies and filing a lawsuit, if necessary.

File an Accident Report with the DMV

If the accident caused more than $1,500 in damage or resulted in injury or death, you are required to file an accident report with the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of the accident. Failure to file a report can result in the suspension of your driver’s license.

To file an accident report with the DMV, you can either fill out a form online or download and complete a paper form. You will need to provide information about the accident, including the date, time, location, and a description of what happened. You will also need to provide your driver’s license number, insurance information, and the names and contact information of any witnesses.

Be Careful What You Say to Insurance Companies

When talking to insurance companies, be careful what you say. Insurance adjusters may try to get you to admit fault or downplay the severity of your injuries or damages. Stick to the facts of what happened and don’t speculate or offer opinions. If you’re unsure about something, don’t be afraid to say so.

Keep Track of Your Expenses and Medical Treatment

Keep track of all your expenses related to the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Save all receipts and bills related to your medical treatment and keep a record of all doctor visits and treatments you receive. This information will be useful when filing an insurance claim or if you need to file a lawsuit.

Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

If you were injured in the accident, it’s important to follow your doctor’s orders and attend all appointments and treatments recommended to you. Failure to do so may be used against you in a lawsuit or insurance claim.

At the Brad DeBry Law Firm, we can help you with all aspects of a car accident case in Utah. Our experienced car accident attorneys can provide legal advice and guidance throughout the claims process. We can investigate the accident to determine who was at fault and gather evidence to support your claim. We can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to help you get a fair settlement for your injuries and damages. If necessary, we can represent you in court and argue your case in front of a judge and jury. We can also help you get the medical treatment you need for your injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident in Utah, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.