Car accidents are stressful situations. Serious damage is done to your vehicle, your body, and your mind. It is important to understand the necessary steps to take if you are ever in a car accident so that you get the right amount of coverage and proper compensation for the damage caused.
Get to safety. First and foremost, remove yourself from the car, if possible, and find a safe place to place a call to the authorities. Make sure the other cars involved in the crash remain at the scene. If they leave or try to get away, gather as much evidence as possible, including the make and model of the car, and the license plate number. You should always contact the police, regardless of whether anyone was injured or not.
Take photos of the scene. Be sure to get photos of the damage to your car, as well as the other car(s) involved in the accident. Don’t forget to take photos of the area where the accident occurred, including street signs, traffic lights, and road layouts. Make notes of the details of the accident, including the time of day and what the weather was like. Also document any injuries you may be suffering from.
Ask the right questions. Obtain the name, phone number, and insurance information of the other people involved in the accident. If witnesses were present, have them give a statement to law enforcement. Make sure you take down the names and badge numbers of the officers present as well, for future reference. Speak with the officers about how the accident occurred. Be honest, but never state that the accident was your fault. It’s important to only discuss the accident with the police officer present, you insurance company, and your lawyer.
See a doctor. If you are severely injured in the accident, you will be taken to a hospital immediately. If you haven’t been visibly injured, you should still see a doctor shortly after the accident. Some injuries, like whiplash, may not show symptoms right away. Seeking the help of a medical professional will determine if there are any long term health issues that you may have to deal with.
Contact your lawyer. They will help you develop a case around your accident and work with you to get the necessary damage compensation from insurance companies and/or the other driver. An expert witness can also help you build a case. They will carefully analyze the situation and provide you with the expertise that could be the boost you need to receive proper compensation.
Be prepared. Before an accident even occurs, make sure you’re ready for one. Keep a safety kit in your car that contains flares, reflective devices, first aid kit, and a camera. Always drive with your license, registration, and insurance information. Should an accident occur, you’ll have the tools necessary to document the scene and generate evidence to build a case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the experts at Naftulin & Shick at 215-348-5455.