The steps you take after a
car accident can save lives, reduce injuries, help obtain a quick settlement from car
insurance providers, and keep you away from trouble with law enforcement.
When emotions are running high, however, it can be difficult to remember
what to do after a car crash.
The following are eight steps to take after an accident:
Check for injuries. Before assessing the damage to all vehicles involved, ensure that everyone
in the accident is okay, including yourself. If serious injuries are apparent,
call an ambulance for immediate medical attention or ask a bystander to
call for help.
Get to safety. If you can, move to the side of the road or sidewalk. If your car is
safe to drive and is causing a hazard where it is, pull it to the side
of the road.
Contact police. Whether your accident was minor or major, police officers need to be
called to the scene to fill out an accident report and document the scene.
A police report can be critical to the claim process and help establish
who’s at fault.
Exchange information with the other driver. Obtain the names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers,
license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers
involved. If there are passengers, get their information as well.
Talk to witnesses. Ask all witnesses what they saw. If possible, get their contact information.
Document the scene. Using your cellphone camera, take pictures of all vehicles involved and
the accident scene. Photos are considered important pieces of evidence
in car accident cases. If you are injured, don’t forget the document
the recovery process of your injury.
Notify your insurer and start the claims process. Contact your insurance provider at the scene, so they can tell you exactly
what they will need to process your claims and what to expect during the
claims process. Do not admit fault and only provide the basic information
Consider hiring an attorney. If anyone was injured in the crash, it is wise to consult an experienced
lawyer. An attorney can help maximize your recovery if you’re hurt
or better defend yourself if you’re at fault.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver
contact our Martin County personal injury attorney at
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today.