Having a step-by-step guide for what to do after an accident can be a valuable resource and provide important direction for gathering evidence to support your claim.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, take the following steps:
Seek Medical Care
In the event of an accident, the most important thing you can do for yourself and any other passengers in your vehicle is to prioritize your safety. Examine yourself and any other people involved in the collision for injuries.
If you or someone else has been hurt, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Even minor injuries should be evaluated by a medical professional to avoid more serious consequences and to ensure proper medical treatment.
Collect Contact Information
Make a point of gathering the contact information of all other drivers involved in the collision. Personal information such as names, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information is included.
This will come in handy later when you’re attempting to recover damages.
Call The Police
When you call the police to report an accident, you will receive an official police report that you can use as official documentation of the incident later.
Police and medical reports can be useful evidence to back up your claim, and having a police officer on the scene can also serve as a mediator between you and any other motorists who are in distress.
Get Photographic Evidence
It’s to start taking notes about the accident as soon as you’re out of the way of any dangerous traffic or debris. Take note of the collision’s time and location.
Take photos of your injuries, car damage, vehicle positioning, and all other vehicles’ license plates if you have a working phone. These can be beneficial in proving the extent of your injuries and other damages in your claim.
Contact A Car Accident Lawyer
One of your first instincts after being involved in a car accident is to call your insurance company and report the incident.
While this is an important step, most people who are involved in an accident are also stressed, and may not be able to provide a clear and accurate report of the incident at the time it occurs.
Before calling your auto insurance, you should speak with a car accident attorney who can advise you on how to report your accident to your insurance company without jeopardizing your ability to obtain coverage.