When you are involved in a car accent, regardless of who caused the event, there are several things that you should do to protect yourself and our passengers.
- Move Car. If possible, try to move your car to the side of the road. This can help prevent any additional accidents from occurring.
- Notify Police. It is mandatory to notify the police that an accident occurred. Never leave the scene of the accident and call later. If medical attention is needed, request medical help when you notify the police of the event.
- Refrain From Admitting Guilt While Giving A Statement To Police. It is human nature to say things like “I think I did this” or “I’m sorry, I must not have been paying attention.” Let accident re-constructionists do their job to determine fault. Only give the police brief and honest answers to their questions without admitting fault.
- Seek Medical Care. Make sure that if you or any of your passengers are injured, even if it is a minor injury, seek immediate medical evaluations. Your health is the most important thing you have, and what can seem minor now could actually be a serious injury.
- Document Everything. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of your car. Write down everything about the event you remember, including what the weather and traffic was like prior to the event. Save these notes to use when you are dealing with the insurance company.
- Inform Insurance Company. You need to notify your insurance company of the accident so that anyone seeking medical treatment can quickly receive care. Be careful to only provide limited details to the insurer at this time. You will be asked to make a statement. You should only make this statement after you have spoken to an attorney.
- Contact An Accident Attorney. It is very important that you protect your rights as a victim of a car accident. To do so, you need to speak to an attorney. Your attorney will represent you before the insurance company and make sure that you are treated fairly and within the guidelines of the insurance policy and the law.
An accident can be very traumatizing emotionally and physically. Knowing what to do when this type of event occurs will allow you to get through this trying time with ease.