Car accidents can be very scary and cause a great deal of panic in the moment. Even minor accidents can also be stressful. However, it is important to stay calm during this time so that you can focus on the situation at hand. This allows you to make smart decisions and follow the necessary steps to a positive outcome of a bad situation. This will also help you have better odds at a successful future claim.
After an accident, it is beneficial for an individual to follow the steps below:
Call the Police
Contacting law enforcement is always the smartest move to make after a car accident, even if the other party involved tells you not to. When the police arrive at the scene, they can direct other traffic around the accident to ensure the safety of others. In addition to this, they can draft an official police report, take statements from witnesses, and conduct chemical tests. These can all be helpful to have if you wish to process a claim with your insurance company.
Do Not Apologize
It can often be a knee-jerk reaction to apologize for being involved in an accident. While many see it as the right thing to do, it is important to try and avoid doing so. This is because it can sometimes be seen as an admission of fault for the accident. By avoiding it, you are not discussing liability with the other party. Instead, simply be polite and contact the necessary emergency services.
Photo or Video of the Wreck
If the scene is safe, it is important to take pictures and even videos of the accident. This can capture any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, and bloodstains that occurred as a result of the accident. It may also benefit you to record the weather and road conditions. This can help for a future claim or lawsuit.
Record Important Details
It should not be assumed that a police officer at the scene will document all the information from the accident. This is why it is important for you to record all the details on your own as well just in case. This information can also help you to file a claim. This may consist of the names of witnesses, their phone numbers, and the registration information of any vehicle involved in the accident.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
The most important thing to do after an accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine, it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. You may even experience later symptoms. Emergency responders are sometimes available on the scene to help and conduct examinations. However, you should still see a doctor for an official diagnosis. This will document your injuries, including where and what time they happened. This information can be beneficial in filing a future claim.
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If you or someone you know was injured in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today.
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