Nobody plans to be in a car accident. Most drivers are highly responsible when behind the wheel — employing defensive driving skills. Motor vehicle accidents often erupt in the blink of an eye. Time may seem to stand still during a crash. The confusion and chaos at the site of an accident can disorient drivers and passengers involved in a wreck. It can be difficult to know what to do after a crash.
If you are involved in an accident, it is important for you to remember that accident sites remain dangerous after the crash. Gawkers and passersby are frequently distracted after a wreck. Protecting your personal safety remains important – after the wreck at an accident scene. There are other steps that you should take to protect your rights as well. Remaining at the scene is only one step in protecting your rights after a crash. Every motor vehicle accident is unique and involves different circumstance. No general list can cover everything you need to do. However, below is a general list of the top five steps you should take after an accident to get your started.
Important Steps To Take After An Accident
1). Check for injuries: Protect your safety at the scene. Do not step out into traffic and remember that accidents can cause fires. However, if you can move around you can check to see if anyone has suffered significant injuries, including the other driver or any passengers in the vehicles involved. Call an ambulance, if necessary.
2). Gather information: Most drivers know that exchanging identity and insurance information is an important step. However, gathering the names of witnesses at the scene can be beneficial for your claim. In addition, most people carry cellphones. You can take photographs at the scene, including the damage to the vehicles and the overall surroundings.
3). Do not discuss the accident with the others: It is important to cooperate with police. However, you should not discuss the accident or cast blame. Do not discuss the crash with the other driver or their insurance company. The statements you make may turn against you id dealing with the insurance companies.
4). Get medical attention: The adrenaline rush after a crash can tend to mask some symptoms of injury. In more serious accidents, the full extent of your injuries may not be fully understood for some time to come. If you or loved ones have suffered injury and are not transported to the hospital immediately, get to the doctor as soon as possible for a medical evaluation. Moreover, while recovering, it is vital to continue to get the medical attention you need to recover physically.
5) Notify your own insurance provider: You need to let your agent know that you were in an accident to start the claims process. However, avoid admitting fault – even when dealing with your own insurance agent.
Talk To A Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer can explain your rights, work with the insurance companies on your behalf and guide you through each step of your claim to help you get the compensation you deserve.