I JUST GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT - NOW WHAT?
Getting into a traffic accident is a horrible experience, whether it is your fault or not. Being prepared and knowing what to do can make the whole process much easier.
You’re often flooded with emotions, a feeling of chaos, and confusion about what just happened. Remaining calm and taking a step-by-step approach to the aftermath of the accident is crucial since it ensures that you are doing all of the tasks that you are legally required to do so.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT:
Never drive away from the accident, even if you think there wasn’t any damage.Move your car to a safe nearby location out of the traffic flow, but be sure to not leave the scene. If there are severe injuries to anyone involved, leave your car in place for the accident investigation.
2) CHECK YOURSELF AND PASSENGERS FOR INJURIES
After a collision, check yourself and passengers for injuries. If any of you have neck orback pain, stop the injured person from moving and wait for first responders to arrive.This will ensure that you don’t cause any additional trauma.
3) DO NOT ADMIT FAULT
Even if you think you are at fault, do not admit it. There may be factors you are unaware of that played a role in the accident, and it may turn out that the other driver was more at fault than you.
4) CALL THE POLICE
Even if there are no serious injuries, it is a good idea to call the police. It is important to get a legal accident report as it may help your case. Having a police report can help insurance companies and courts decipher the truth. Do not make statements to anyone at the accident scene, expect for the police. When speaking to the police, only tell them facts of what happened.
5) DOCUMENT THE SCENE
It is crucial to take photos of the scene, including both vehicles involved. Be sure to get overall pictures as well as detailed photos of the damages and skid marks. Take photos of all four sides of all of the cars involved in the accident as you don’t want to be blamed for damage that occurs in another collision that may happen after the one you were involved in.
You should obtain information about:
- The other driver: Name, address, driver’s license number, insurance information, and license plate number.
- Witnesses- Name, address, and telephone number.
- Police Officers- Ask the office for his business card and also to provide you with the “incident number”
- The location- Take note of where the accident occured, the road conditions, speed limits, weather, and lighting.
- The accident- Take note of how the accident occured, what the cars were doing during the time of the accident, and the direction of travel of the vehicles involved.