Being involved in a car accident is a terrifying experience for everyone. Over six million car accidents occur every year, and luckily most of them only end with property damage. However, some might sustain minor and major injuries, or even fatalities. If you or a loved one are ever involved in a car accident, there are some steps you should take in order to protect yourself and your interests.
Stay at the Scene
The first thing you should do is stay at the scene. No matter how minor an accident might seem, never leave. If you can, find a safe spot to move to, or stay in your car if this is not an option. If you have access to flares or can turn your hazard lights on, do this to alert others of the hazard in front of them.
Notify the Police
You might think that the police aren’t necessary, even if there are no injuries. However, this is an important step to take in order to have proper documentation of the accident. You can use this as a chance to file a claim with your insurance, even if it’s only damage to the vehicle.
Create a Detailed Record
When the police arrive, make sure to give as much detailed and accurate information as possible. If you cannot recall certain details about the accident, communicate this with them instead of guessing or making up scenarios. If you are asked if you are injured, it’s very possible that pain and soreness will not show up for hours or even until the next day. It is best to say you are unsure instead of saying no. You should also take pictures of the accident and any injuries that you acquired. However, do not interfere with any ongoing police investigation. In some circumstances, it might be best to take the pictures before or after the police’s arrival.
Be sure to get the information of the other person involved in the accident. However, if the police are called to the scene, they will be the ones who are able to obtain that information for the police report. You will be given a number to contact in order to get the police report after the accident. It will have all the necessary information needed for any claims.
Report the Accident
You should immediately notify your insurance company of the accident. They will expect full cooperation, so be patient during this process. In the meantime, it might be important to think about your legal options. You might feel it best to contact an attorney to ensure none of your rights are violated and important evidence isn’t destroyed. There are various types of attorneys you can work with in order to make sure you get an accurate amount of compensation and medical treatment.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being involved in a car accident, call us for all your legal needs. We will make sure to protect all your rights and give you the justice you deserve.