5 Things You Should Do After a Car Accident

car with broken windshield and damage from car crash“I’ve been in a car crash! What should I do?!” Any car accident, even a minor fender bender, can be a stressful experience with financial and legal implications. It’s hard to know what to do when emotions run high and there is a lot of chaos and debris. However, there are five steps that every Wisconsin driver should take after a car accident to protect themselves, both legally and financially.

Stay where you are

Do not move your vehicle right away (unless there is an impending danger). Wait for a police officer to instruct you to do so. Take pictures of the accident scene (for future reference), vehicles (including damage), and any other pertinent markings or landmarks (i.e. surrounding buildings, skid marks, etc.) Call 911 to report the accident.

Get information

If you feel well enough to move around, get information from the other driver, including their name, phone number, address, and insurance information. DO NOT say anything else to other drivers or bystanders, as any statements can have a negative impact as you try to get reparations for the accident. Ask other eyewitnesses that stop for their name and phone number (or, in lieu of personal information, their car license plate number).

Answer all questions

When the emergency responders arrive, answer all their questions. Give them your name, driver’s license, registration and insurance information, towing instructions, and any information about your injuries. Mention any headaches, backaches, or neck pain (all are common injuries that stem from a car accident).

Seek medical care

If you think you may be injured in any way, request medical assistance after the car accident. Follow the advice of all medical personnel at the scene and after; be completely honest with all personnel and mention any issues you are having. Make a follow-up appointment with your doctor after the accident to address any injuries and long-term medical needs. Remember that many injuries (including soft tissue injuries) do not show up until a few days after the accident. Take photos of all injuries (i.e. cuts, bruises, casts, etc.)

Consult an experienced local lawyer

It’s not uncommon for the other driver’s insurance company to contact other drivers after an accident. Often, they ask for information; give them only the basic information. Do not make a statement until you have contacted a lawyer. (Give all information to your insurance company.) The other driver’s insurance company may offer an early settlement amount. Even though you are tempted, often these early settlement offers do not cover all your long-term expenses (i.e. chiropractor appointments, specialist visits, etc.)

Instead, contact an experienced local lawyer with experience in personal injury cases. Give them all the information about the accident and any injuries. As you receive follow-up care, save receipts and paperwork from all practitioners and visits. Ask your lawyer for deadlines when they need paperwork to ensure that you can reach a satisfying resolution.

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.

I want to sell my home to my child. What should I do?

key passed from landlord to tenantSelling a home to a daughter or son is a big decision and transaction with both financial and legal ramifications for everyone involved. Though it seems like a fairly simple home purchase between family, these tips and guidelines should be used to ensure that all family members are satisfied and protected throughout the process.

Communicate openly

Though the home purchase may only involve a parent and child, selling a home may affect other members of the family both financially and emotionally. Open the lines of communication with ALL family members so they are aware of the transaction and long-term implications.

Shy away from verbal agreements

It’s normal to converse with family members about the specifics of the home purchase; however, don’t proceed with a home purchase without documenting verbal agreements and promises for later in the process. Write down all details discussed, such as any financial gifts, down payment amounts, monthly payment, and sales price.

Make it legal

For the protection of both parent and child, proper legal documentation should be drafted and retained by both the home buyer and seller. Contact a lawyer to draw up an offer to purchase and any other documents necessary for the purchase.

Involve other significant parties

No matter what the sales price, a real estate purchase frequently has financial implications for everyone involved in the transaction. Contact other parties before and during the process, such as a financial advisor, accountant, and appraiser to cover all the bases.

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.