Unless you need to leave to seek emergency medical attention, you absolutely must stay at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in Rhode Island. Call emergency services and assist if you are trained and able to do so. Your first priority is to make sure the scene is safe.
Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. You'll also need to get contact information for the investigating police officer and any witnesses to the accident. However, keep your comments to anyone else at the scene brief, focusing on the facts of what happened. Don't say anything that could be construed as admitting fault for the accident.
Take pictures of the accident scene with your camera or smartphone. Skid marks, property damage and any visible injuries are critical pieces of evidence.
Seek medical attention, even if you don't think you're hurt. This is the best option for your health - and your legal rights.
Call your insurance company in a timely manner to report the accident. Again, keep your comments brief. Even your own insurance company may use anything you tell them against you, especially if you admit fault for the accident.
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as soon as possible. Getting an experienced attorney on your side right away will lead to the best possible outcome.