What to Do if You Are in an Car Accident in Maine
Any car accident is a traumatic experience. Even when damage to the persons or vehicles involved is minimal, the event can still be upsetting. Thus, this information sheet was designed with helpful guidelines for you to follow in the event of an accident. Many problems can be avoided or lessened if you know what steps to take.
If you are Involved in an Accident
- STOP!! The law requires that the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident must stop. Pull your vehicle over to the side of the road or other safe place, away from traffic, if possible.
- If possible move your vehicle away from the path of oncoming traffic.
- If the vehicle cannot be moved off of the road, put on your emergency blinkers and place a warning to oncoming traffic down the road.
- Assist the injured.
- Call the police and request other emergency assistance as needed.
- Obtain the names and addresses of all witnesses.
- Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved.
- Sketch a drawing of the accident on the back of this sheet.
- Never leave the scene of an accident! It’s against the law to not stop in the event of an accident that you are involved in.
Assist the Injured. Your first responsibility after stopping is to assist any persons with injuries. If someone is seriously injured, immediately call for an ambulance or doctor. DO NOT MOVE SERIOUSLY INJURED PERSONS. Only qualified persons should give emergency medical assistance.
Report the Accident. Call (or ask someone else to call) the local police department to report the accident. If is always advisable to have the police at the scene of an accident so a report can be filed. If liability has to be established, their report will be invaluable.
Witnesses. Write down the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident or can offer information in regard to the accident, including any information you can obtain about what the witnesses observed.
Exchange Information. Use the forms on the back of this sheet to record information at the time of your accident.
See Your Lawyer. Car accidents can cause injuries that insurance companies may regard as minor or irrelevant and not want to pay for. You’ll need an experienced lawyer who will fight for your best interests. Don’t sign any documents until you’ve consulted with a lawyer. You could be signing away your legal rights to a fair and just settlement.
The Other Driver and His/Her Vehicle Information - Fill This Form Out at the Scene of Your Accident