It’s probably not a question of whether you’ll get in a car accident in your lifetime, but when. If you’re like the average person, you will file a claim for a car accident once every 17.9 years. Therefore, it’s important to be prepared – so here are some steps to take in the event of a car accident.
Check on everyone involved for injuries
If anyone is hurt, call 911 immediately.
Move the car – or not?
If the cars can stay where they are, it’s best to keep them that way. But if you must move them out of the way of traffic, do so with care.
Write down the following information about the car accident:
- The name, address, phone number, and insurance information of the vehicle driver and the vehicle owner
- The names and phone numbers of witnesses
- The make, model, year, and license plate number of the other vehicle
Draw a diagram of the car accident and write down how it occurred, including which direction each vehicle was travelling, the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident, and the date, time, and location of the accident. You should also take photographs of the scene and the vehicles involved, as well as any injuries you may have.
Call the police
In moderate and severe car accidents, call the police as soon as possible. Consider calling the police even in minor accidents, as a police report is extremely helpful for any car accident. If a police officer does arrive at the scene, cooperate with him or her but do not admit any fault to the accident. Make sure the officer files a report.
Take care of your car
If you suspect that your car may be unsafe to drive for any reason, call a tow truck. Even if you can drive home, take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible to check for any hidden damage.
Keep a log
Going forward, keep a log of all activities relating to the accident. Record information about hospital and doctor’s visits, including the date, time, and purpose of the visit. Also, keep all documentation of these activities, such as medical bills and correspondence from an insurance company.
Consult an attorney
Do not sign any releases or accept final payments from an insurance company unless you understand your rights. Consider consulting a car accident attorney on how to receive a fair settlement. Ideally, you should contact an attorney before giving the insurance company a statement on the accident.
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