As we all know, an accident can happen to anyone at any time without warning. Although most accidents cannot be prevented, we can prepare ourselves by knowing what to do in the event of an accident.
Immediately following an accident, our adrenaline is flowing, our mind is often panicked and in a fog. We may not know what to do. The first and most important thing to do is to protect yourself, your passengers and anyone else involved in the accident from further harm. You will want to call 9-1-1 to have the police to file a report and help with medical concerns if anyone is injured. Once that is done, it is important to start collecting information from everyone involved in the accident, including contact information, names, addresses and insurance policy numbers.
If it can be done safely, try to take photographs of the scene of the accident. This can help you with a claim down the road. It can also be used to establish fault, which is important if you plan on filing a claim. Following these steps can make things much easier for you later on when you go through the process of working with your insurance company and possibly with legal matters later.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may want to reach out to a law firm familiar with personal injuries to see if you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation may include not only payments for your medical expenses and rehab costs, but pain and suffering and even lost wages as well.
Source: findlaw.com, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” Accessed April 17, 2017