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What To Do After A Traffic Accident

  • Do not move the vehicles before the police arrive, unless they pose a traffic hazard.
  • Give a complete statement to the police about how the accident happened and your injuries.
  • Exchange information with the other driver including: name, address, driver’s license state and number, vehicle license plate number and insurance information.
  • Write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the damage to both vehicles and of any noticeable injuries to your body.
  • Get medical treatment for your injuries immediately. Your Oregon auto insurance will cover all or some of your medical expenses regardless of fault.
  • Contact your insurance company and provide all the information you have about the other driver.
  • File an accident report within 72 hours of the accident. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, report it to the police within 72 hours.
  • Do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company representative before you talk to a personal injury attorney.
  • Do not sign a release of information form for the other driver’s insurance company.
  • Get a written estimate of the damage to your vehicle from a reputable auto body shop that you select.