A car accident can be a traumatic event for everyone involved. Car crashes are scary, stressful events that can result in extreme physical or psychological trauma and even death to victims. If you are ever involved in a car accident, there are certain things you can do in the moments following that can increase your chances of making a full recovery – physically, psychologically and financially. Below are a few tips to help you know what to do after a car accident.
One of the best pieces of advice is that you should always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle's trunk or glove compartment. A cell phone is a great way to contact the police after an accident. Also keep a pad of paper and a pen to document anything that needs to be written down. A disposable camera is also helpful if you need to take pictures of the accident to help your insurance agent and the authorities sort out who was at fault for the accident. You should also keep a medical information card with any health conditions you might have in case you are injured in the accident.
Move out of the way
After your accident, if there were no injuries, you should attempt to move all cars involved to the side of the road to keep the roadway clear and prevent further accidents. Turn on blinkers or hazard lights and if you have cones, flares, or warning triangles you should use them, as well.
Trade information with others involved
You should also take the information of the other person that was involved in the accident and they should take yours. Try to get names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance info, license numbers, license plates, and information about the other vehicle like make, model, year, etc. Don't forget to get the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident, as well.
Use your camera
Use your disposable camera or cell phone camera to document the accident to the best of your ability. Take pictures of all vehicles involved, any injuries sustained and tire marks or debris in the roadway. These pictures can serve as evidence if you later file a lawsuit for damages.
File a report for the accident.
Even if the police do not respond to the incident, you should head down to the police station as soon as you are able to file an accident report.
Know your insurance
Make sure you are aware of all aspects of your insurance policy so that there are no unpleasant surprises. Call your insurance company immediately after the accident to file a claim.
Hopefully these tips will help you know what to do after a car accident in the event you are ever involved in one. You should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible, as well. Robert B. Sykes is a Utah accident lawyer who uses his 30 years of experience in personal injury cases to guide clients through the complexities of filing a lawsuit. Mr. Sykes can help you get back on track after an accident has occurred.