I was in a car accident. What to do.
What should you do if you were in a car accident? While injuries may be severe and emotions high, there are a few important things to do at the scene of the accident and shortly thereafter. Below is a list of things to do at the scene if you are able.
Stay at the Scene
Do not leave the accident scene until it's appropriate to do so. If may face criminal penalties should you leave the scene were someone was injured. Stay there until the investigating officers have cleared the scene, a report/investigation was taken, and you have all information that you need.
Check on All Drivers and Passengers
Always make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay. Seek medical attention for anyone who needs it, including yourself. Do not move a person is unconscious or has neck or back pain until qualified medical help arrives, unless a hazard would require moving that person.
Call the Police
You need to call the police if there was significant damage to the vehicle or anyone was injured. Ask the responding officers for their information and information on how to obtain the police report.
Obtain basic information such as the names, numbers, addresses, drivers' license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information from all drivers involved. If there are passengers, then get their names, numbers, and addresses. Always try to remain clam and respectful.
Talk to Witnesses
Speak to the witnesses about what he or she saw. Try to get their names, numbers, or addresses. If a business is in the area, ask if they have any cameras or surveillance equipment that might have captured the scene and/or incident. Ask locals if they've ever seen other accidents in the same area or location.
Inform Your Insurance Company
Promptly inform your own insurance company that you've been in an accident. Cooperate with them and be honest about what happened, how it happened, and the extent of your injuries.
Keep Track of Your Medical Treatment
Note any doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, or other medical professionals that you receive treatment from, and each medical provider that referred you to other caregivers. Keep a detailed account of the treatments or medications you receive. Additionally, keep track of any days that you missed from work.
Take photographs of your vehicle as soon as possible after the accident. Also, try to take pictures of all other vehicle and objects involved. Photos can help for a proper evaluation of the case.
Consider Hiring an Attorney
If anyone was injured in the accident, it's best to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you maximize your recovery if you're injured. Contact me today for a free case consultation.