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First Steps Immediately Following a Car Accident

Traffic accidents usually happen so fast that it's sometimes difficult to determine how it happened and who was at fault. It helps to have a general outline of first steps you should take. The key is to first ensure the safety of everyone involved. The first steps following a car accident include the following:
  1. Stay at the scene, but move vehicles out of traffic if possible (leaving the scene of an accident can result in serious criminal charges)
  2. Check drivers and passengers, getting medical attention for those who need it (be careful not to move anyone with neck or back pain)
  3. Call the police if there are injuries, death, or significant property damage (ask that a police report be filed when they arrive on the scene)
  4. Exchange information with the other motorists(s) involved, passengers, and any witnesses (names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, basic insurance information)
  5. Take pictures of the damage (this is particularly useful when comparing to "before" photos)
  6. Contact your insurance company, keeping in mind that they may deny your claim if you fail to tell the truth
  7. Track your medical treatment if you have sustained injuries in order to accurately estimate your costs and level of pain and suffering (where applicable)
While the consequences can be devastating and are often chaotic, Geoffrey R. Smith, Attorney at Law, can help you focus on what steps motorists and others involved in car accidents should take in order to best recover from injuries and successfully deal with the process. 
Contact us online or call (440) 323-2201 to schedule a free initial consultation. 

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Geoffrey R. Smith, Attorney at Law, understands that people make mistakes. Despite this, you still deserve an aggressive defense to your OVI/DUI charge and Geoffrey R. Smith, Attorney at Law, will ensure that your rights are protected. He will challenge the validity of the traffic stop, the field sobriety test and the breathalyzer test.

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Any serious injury suffered because of another party’s negligence could be considered a personal injury claim. Geoffrey R. Smith, Attorney at Law, represents people who have suffered a wide range of serious injuries, whether it be due to an automobile accident, medical malpractice or a life altering injury.

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For more than 30 years, Geoffrey R. Smith, Attorney at Law, has helped thousands of people with speeding tickets and other traffic violations. He will provide an honest assessment of your circumstances and fully explain your options to help keep your driving record clean.

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Workers’ Compensation injuries in the workplace occur more often than anyone would like. They can leave families dealing with lost income and medical bills – while employers find ways to avoid paying the correct compensation to supplement these losses.

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