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What to do immediately after an accident

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2023 | Blog, Car Accidents

Car accidents are traumatic experiences. They can leave you feeling shaken, scared and confused. In the aftermath of a severe car accident, it is essential to stay calm and take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Check for injuries

The first and most important thing you must do after a car accident is check for injuries. Check on yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately and request medical assistance.

Even if you feel fine, having a doctor examine you and anyone else in your vehicle is an excellent idea. Sometimes, injuries may not become apparent right away.

Move to a safe location

If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location and away from traffic to avoid causing further accidents. Turn on your hazard lights and set up flares or cones to alert other drivers and emergency vehicles.

If you cannot move your vehicle, remain inside with your seatbelt on until help arrives.

Call the police

If you have not done so by now, call the police to report the accident. The police will document the scene, interview anyone present and create a report that can be used for insurance claims or even litigation, if appropriate.

Be sure to provide the police with accurate information about the accident and any injuries or damage.

Exchange driver information

Even though you should keep limited contact with other drivers involved in the accident and only exchange essential information (their name, telephone number, insurance company, and policy number), be sure to take photos of their driver’s license, license plate and vehicle if you can.

If anyone else is on the scene, ask for their contact information. They could serve as witnesses.

Consider seeking legal advice

While people often contact their insurance company right away, depending on the circumstances, it may be wise to seek legal advice. You do not want to give away too much information or accept smaller settlements than you deserve.

By seeking legal advice first, you can be sure whether contacting your insurance company is appropriate or whether there could be legal implications involved.

Serious car accidents are frightening, and it is difficult to think about the aftermath of such a traumatic experience. However, knowing what to do is essential. Remain calm, ensure your safety and that of others, call the police, exchange information, gather evidence if possible and consider whether you are entitled to compensation.