Things You Should And Shouldn't Do After An Accident

Most accidents happen so quickly you don't have time to think rationally about all of the steps you need to take in order to recover damages and move on with your life. It's because of this fact that we have made this short list of do's and don'ts that you can use for reference after a car accident or other situations involving serious personal injury.


  • Take photographs of the vehicles, dog or other evidence and of your injuries.
  • Preserve any evidence.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company.
  • Make sure the police are called to the accident scene before anyone leaves.
  • Tell your doctor of your injuries.
  • Make sure your doctor writes down what you tell him or her. (The insurance company will never believe your injuries unless they appear in your medical records.)


  • Don't discuss fault after an accident. (Fault is a complicated legal question. Just tell the police officer what happened.)
  • Don't deny you are injured, unless you are certain. (If you tell the police officer you are not injured, it will show up that way on the accident report. You may only feel your injuries after the shock of the wreck wears off.)
  • Do not give a statement to the other person's insurance company.

Contact An Attorney For Further Assistance

Even though you can never plan for an accident, you can plan your next steps with the help of an experienced personal attorney. At The Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, PLLC, during your free initial consultation you will have the chance to discuss your case after which we can walk you through your options. Whether negotiations or litigation are in your future, our lawyers will stand by you, providing you with trusted legal counsel every step of the way.

To schedule your free initial consultation, call our law office in Hickory, North Carolina, at 828-848-8776 or toll free at 888-321-0494. You may also send us a confidential email.