A lot of things are running through your head when involved in a car accident. After an accident you may be overcome with emotions as your body is flooded with adrenaline and you may be in shock. Ensure you know how to react in these situations, so you don't act impulsively or incorrectly. Even simple ‘Fender Benders' can become major headaches because regularly the process involves personal injury lawyers, insurance companies and a range of witnesses that may have different opinions of the events that occurred.
The following are the Top 10 Things you should do after a car accident has occurred:
1) Make Sure Everyone Inside the Car is Safe
In a car accident your safety and the safety of your passengers is your top priority. You need to make sure everyone is uninjured. Dial 911 if you believe anyone is injured.
2) Make Sure Others are Safe by Protecting the Scene
You need to turn on your hazard lights and set up something to show oncoming drivers there has been a car accident along the road. You also need to make sure the driver and any passengers in the other car are uninjured. Please be careful not to step out onto the road or into traffic while you do this.
3) If There are No Serious Injuries, you must Still Call the Police
Safety is a priority. If you believe someone is injured, dial 911. If there are no serious injuries you still must call the police to report the incident. This will save you future paperwork if you need to proceed with a car accident injury claim.
4) Make an Accurate Record: Take Pictures and take down Witness Details
You need to document everything that happened in the accident for reporting purposes. Document what you believe occurred and look for witnesses that saw the accident. Take pictures of the visible damages and of the accident scene soon so you don't interfere with the police investigation when law enforcement arrives.
5) Exchange Information with all Concerned Parties
Most of the time the police obtain this information but try to obtain the names, addresses, registration details, vehicle make/type/color and telephone numbers of all concerned parties. Also ask for insurance information.
6) Report The Accident Once the Police Arrive
Report to the police what happened and do not collaborate with, or admit guilt to, other parties involved. Be detailed on what happened and point out any witnesses that saw the crash. This will ensure there will be fair report regarding the accident.
7) Call Your Insurance Company
Call your claim into your insurance company. Your insurance company will direct you on what steps to take and take the details from you to start your property damage claim.
8) Seek Medical Attention and Get a Check-up
Make sure all members of the car crash are not experiencing internal trauma or injury. If you or anyone else is injured it is best to wait until an ambulance arrives and have everyone seen to by the ambulance officers. Any major internal injuries must be seen to immediately. Minor injuries must be cared for. It's best for the ambulance officers to decide. Afterwards you also need to consult a healthcare professional to manage your treatment after the ambulance or hospital has discharged you.
9) Keep a File of all the Accident Related Documentation
Keep all the documentation and information together in a file. This should include; the police report number, insurance claim number and receipts of all expenses incurred. Also keep the names and registration details of all those who were involved in the accident along with witnesses details and any of your photos and notes of the accident.
10) Call Me to Obtain Advice on What You Should Do
I represent people injured in car accident injury claims. I can protect your rights and follow the correct procedure to start a claim. I work on a no award, no fee basis which means no legal fee will be incurred unless I recover compensation for the car crash or injury. If you have been involved in a car accident involving an injury, or know someone who has, seek out confidential legal advice about your case and possible compensation. I offer confidential, no obligation consultations. I also operate on a no award, no fee basis, meaning you will only pay me if you receive compensation. Contact me at 270.442.9268 for a consultation today.