Thousands of car accidents take place each year, and many result in severe injury or death. A car accident can truly be a frightening and stressful experience. Even if you are not at-fault for the incident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Here are five important steps to take after you’ve been in a car accident.
If you are traveling with passengers, physically check to make sure that no one is injured. Even if no physical injuries are present, there may be internal injuries that require immediate medical attention. If you or your passengers are injured, stay calm and sit still until help arrives.
After checking for injuries, someone at the accident scene needs to call 911. Notify the operator of any known injuries and the location of the accident. Emergency medical services and the police should arrive at the accident scene shortly after making the call. A report of the accident should be filed with the police. Make sure that when you speak with the police, you only provide them with the information they are asking for. Be direct, concise and only give the officer the facts. Volunteering information or apologizing for the accident may be viewed as an admission of guilt.
Take photos of the accident scene with your cell phone or a digital camera. These photos can be used to prove your claim or defend your case. Be sure to take photos of your vehicle, your surroundings and any other vehicles that may have been involved in the accident. If you don’t have a cell phone with a camera, consider keeping a disposable camera in your glove box.
Exchange insurance information with other parties involved in the accident. This may help speed up the claims process. If the other party is slow to notify their insurance company, you can use the information they provide to notify the insurer of the situation.
If you were involved in an auto accident, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney will advise you of your rights and the best course of action to take. If you were injured in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering if the other party was at-fault.
If you have been involved in a car accident and need help getting a fair settlement, contact the attorneys at Waitz & Downer today for help!