Being involved in a car accident is never a pleasant or favorable experience, whether you sustain injuries or not. However, it’s important to know what to do if you end up in a wreck.
Read on to learn how to handle a car accident.
Steps to Take
If you’re involved in a car accident, you should take the following steps in order to have the best chances of a viable claim:
Remain on the scene. While this may seem like common sense, you should never drive away after being involved in an accident—no matter how minor.
Secure the scene. It’s a good idea to set up flares (if you have them) and turn your hazard lights on in order to let other drivers know that an accident has occurred. It’s also a good idea to keep a flashlight in your car in case you’re in an accident at night in an area with little or no street lights.
Contact the authorities. Regardless of whether there are severe injuries, you should always call the police if you’re involved in an accident. No matter how much property damage is incurred, the police should always come to the scene of the accident and write a report. This report will be particularly useful when you file a claim with the insurance company. Unless the vehicles involved in the accident are impeding the flow of traffic, you should leave them where they are until the police arrive and can take a report.
Provide an accurate account. Once the authorities appear, be sure to tell the officer(s) what happened exactly as you remember it. If you’re unsure about certain details, tell the officer that you don’t know. Don’t attempt to speculate or guess about any portion of the accident. If the officer asks whether you’re injured, but you’re unsure, tell the police that you’re unsure. Don’t tell the officer you aren’t injured if you don’t know that for absolute certain. It’s common for your body to go into shock after being in an accident, which can block the pain of your injuries. So, just because you don’t feel any pain immediately, that doesn’t mean you are unharmed in the wreck. Additionally, it’s a good idea to make sure that the other people involved in the accident are also providing an accurate account to the officer(s). When the officer has finished making the report, ask for the police report number so that you’re able to obtain it when it becomes available.
Take photos. Use the camera on your phone to take photos of the scene of the accident. Be sure to include all physical damage to the vehicles as well as any damage to public property. Additionally, if there are any visible injuries, be sure to take photos of those as well.
Trade information. The officer who investigates the accident will most likely do this for you, but just make sure you don’t leave without getting the following information from all drivers involved in the accident:
- Contact information
- Insurance information
- Registration information
- Driver’s license number
Similarly, if there are any witnesses present, be sure to collect their information as well. Witness statements are very valuable in car accident claims.
Seek medical care. Even if you aren’t in a lot of pain after the accident, it’s still a good idea to get checked out by a physician. Oftentimes, if you’re involved in an accident, the pain from your injuries won’t present itself right away. That means you could be injured in the accident and not know it for hours, days, or even weeks following the crash. Be sure to retain the documentation you receive from the medical facility because it will be important for your claim later on.
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