Being in a car accident, whether it’s your fault or not, can be a bewildering experience. Even if you’re not injured, the shock of the crash can leave you confused and unsure of what to do. On this blog, we talk a fair amount about negligence in car accidents, but let’s take a look at some of the practical things you can and should do following a collision.
First and foremost, you should always stay where you are. Leaving the scene of a car accident will only land you in even hotter water. Next, it’s important to check yourself, your passengers and the other people involved in the accident. If anyone is injured, call immediately for medical attention. If anyone appears to be suffering from a neck injury, don’t try to move them yourself; wait for trained professionals.
After people are tended to, assess any property damage and call the police. Stick around to give your report to the authorities. You’ll then want to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver before speaking with any witnesses. Make sure to write down the contact info of any witnesses as well ? you may need their word later.
Talk to your insurance company and inform them of the accident and then take pictures of the scene of the car crash. Before you accept anything from the insurance company, though, it may be a wise decision to speak with an attorney. He or she can conduct an investigation into what happened and may be able to help you get compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering.