When you are involved in a car accident, the amount of time immediately following may pass like a blur. There are many things to keep in mind, and it’s important to have a clear idea of the next steps to take in order to ensure that everything is taken care of. This also maximizes your chances of full compensation should you have a case. Let’s take a look at what you should do if you happen to be in a car accident:
With any accident, whether it is minor or not, it is essential to stop. Pull to the side of the roadway if possible, and make sure you stand clear of potential harm.
2. PROTECT THE SCENE
Set up a barrier if possible, or establish a way to warn or redirect other drivers away from the accident scene. Flares, flashlights, or simply leaving your hazard lights on if functional are all ways of accomplishing this.
3. CALL THE POLICE
This may seem like a no-brainer, but more often than not, if other factors play into the accident, one of the parties may not want the police to be involved. Regardless, it is essential to have a police report of the incident if you are to have a successful case.
4. MAKE AN ACCURATE RECORD
For times like these, keeping a notepad in your car may be helpful. Otherwise, take notes on your phone if not damaged or lost in the crash. Note things such as the timing of the crash and any other details you remember at the time, regardless of if you believe it will be relevant or not.
5. TAKE PICTURES
Taking pictures of the accident scene, and both (if not more) vehicles involved will help verify your notes of the accident and can play an important role in winning your case.
6. EXCHANGE INFORMATION
Perhaps one of the most known steps, it is essential to exchange information with the other driver(s) involved. This includes insurance information as well as basic contact information.
7. REPORT THE ACCIDENT
In addition to filing a police report (or simply calling the police to the scene), you must report the accident to your insurance company. Most insurance policies require immediate reporting of any incidents if there is any chance of compensation or coverage.
8. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you believe that you may be injured in any way, seek medical attention immediately. If you deny medical treatment on scene, there is a chance it may impede your likeliness of having a case later on.
9. KEEP A FILE
Be sure to keep all of your photos, notes, and information collected on the scene of the accident, as well as records of any communication with the other driver(s), your insurance company, and more. The more information you have available for your attorney, the stronger your case will be.
10. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
At this point, it is time to select a car accident or personal injury attorney. At Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, we can take it from here. We are your best choice for representation and for getting the compensation you deserve. Contact us today: https://www.ericblanklaw.com/contact/