6 Things to Do After a Car Accident

Posted on January 10, 2018 · Posted in Uncategorized

3610493_mlCar accidents are inevitable but how we handle them can make all the difference. Instead of during the hectic moments immediately following a collision, it’s important to familiarize yourself with post-accident procedures ahead of time.

This step-by-step guide will help you remain calm, protected and get the maximum recovery for your claim.

Step 1: Move Your Car to Safety

If the car accident is minor, move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe place, such as the shoulder of the road or a parking lot. If you are injured or moving your car isn’t possible, stop your car and turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers and prevent further accidents.

Step 2: Check for Injuries

Check to make sure that no one is hurt – including yourself, drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Even a seemingly minor symptom like a headache or dizziness should be checked out by a healthcare professional.

Step 3: Get Out of Your Vehicle

Shift into park, turn off your vehicle and take a moment to catch your breath. Once it is safe to get out of your car, walk to a safe place. If you have flares or warning triangles, consider using them.

Step 4: Call the Police

Even if the accident is minor, a police report can be invaluable to your claim process. Let the police objectively judge events and establish who, if anyone is at fault. If police cannot come to the scene, you may also file an accident report through your state’s DMV.

Step 5: Collect Information

Write down as much information as possible in the accident aftermath, including:

  • Makes, models and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved
  • Drivers, passengers and eyewitness’s names and contact information
  • Time and location of the accident
  • Name and badge number of responding police officers
  • Take photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene

Step 6: Contact an Attorney

Notify your insurance company and consult with an attorney. Your attorney can protect your right and ensure you are fully compensated for your vehicle or injuries.

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