Getting into a car accident can be a traumatizing experience. No matter who is at fault, all of the involved parties can find themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally harmed by the experience. While many people think that a car accident would never happen to them, statistics show that 1 in 4 people will actually be involved in a car accident in their lifetime. This means that you should understand what to do if you end up involved in an accident in the future. Here are a few steps you should take if you ever get into an accident.
Check on all involved parties.
The first thing you want to do after a crash is check on any people involved in the crash. If you are uninjured, check on any passengers you may have in the vehicle. Then, check on any people in the other vehicle.
If there are injured parties, this is crucial, but even if everyone is fine, it is important to call 911 right away, as the police will need to get to the scene as soon as possible.
Document the Crash
As soon as you’ve called the police and made sure that everyone is okay, you will want to document everything you can about the crash. Get information from the other driver, such as their name, license plate, insurance, etc. If there are any eyewitnesses, you can write down or record their statements on your phone. Take photos of the vehicles and any damage. All of this information can become invaluable later when you are dealing with your insurance company or if you decide to seek legal compensation.
Document any Injuries
If you were injured during the accident, you will want to keep careful records of the injuries, copies of information obtained at doctor’s appointments, medical bills, etc. You may need this information later if you file for compensation.
Call Your Insurance Company
You will want to get in touch with your insurance company to file a claim as soon as possible after the accident occurs.
Determine if You Deserve Compensation
If you were badly injured in an accident or suffered some other trauma through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to legal compensation. For example, if the other driver was driving under the influence, or if you had an accident due to a defective vehicle part that is the fault of the manufacturer, you may have a case. The laws for pursing a legal claim after a car accident vary from state to stay, so speak to a lawyer in your area.