What to Do After a Collision

The Law and You

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson giving drivers advice on what to do after being involved in a car crash. If you have a case that you would like legal advice on, please contact us.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, could you give the listeners some advice on what to do after being involved in a car collision?

LARA: Sure, Joel. First of all, if anyone has been injured, make sure to get help immediately. Don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. Beyond the injuries, here are the basics we recommend. When exchanging information with the other driver, actually look at the insurance cards and licenses. Use your cell phone to take pictures of that information, the cars and the scene. Notify your own auto insurance company promptly no matter who you think was at fault. Also, most collisions must be reported to the authorities within 72 hours. Get photos of your own injuries. Do NOT give any statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Do NOT give them authorization to see your private medical records. And finally, keep copies of the police report and related documents.

JOEL: Thanks, Lara. For links to the forms you may need, visit corsonjohnsonlaw.com. The Law and You is a part of Corson & Johnson’s work to Make Communities Safer.

For more information on the proper steps to take following an accident, visit http://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/driverid/accidentreport.aspx.

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