One of the most stressful events you can endure is a car accident. Fortunately, there is not that much to remember, just some common sense preparation.
One of the most stressful events you can endure is a car accident. A lot of things can happen quickly, and most people are just not prepared for a car accident. Fortunately, there is not that much to remember, just some common sense preparation.
It often happens — minor fender benders and major car collisions. You can prepare for the worst by being proactive. You should make sure that the vehicle has a simple crash kit, which is an essential first aid kit, flares, and even cones. Beyond that, knowing what to do after an accident will help protect your rights in case of injury and extensive property damage.
1. Stop. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Directly after an accident, stop your vehicle if it is still running. No matter how minor the incident, stop to wait for assessment from everyone involved and possibly the police.
2. Assess damages and injuries. Check to see if there are any urgent medical needs. Basic injuries and soft tissue damage can be assessed without first responders; however, if anyone with severe bleeding or loss of consciousness should be dealt with by professionals.
3. Contact the Police. No matter the accident type, having a legal accident report is key to protecting your rights, particularly if you were not at fault.
4. Document the accident scene. It is critical to get names, address, and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident. Using your mobile phone, take pictures and video to document the scene before any vehicle is moved, where possible. Photograph the license plates of all vehicles involved, and the surrounding environment of the crash scene. You will also want to make a note of the date and time of the accident, the weather conditions, and nearest cross street or road.
5. Never admit responsibility. While it is important, to be honest, and direct with police at the scene, you need to limit your conversations about the accident with the other party involved. You don't want to admit any fault or liability. You should only speak to the police and medical professionals at the scene.
Bonus Tip: Perhaps the most significant thing you should do after an accident is to consult your attorney. Your attorney can protect your rights, make sure you are justly compensated for your injuries, property damage, and ensure you are getting the best medical treatment available.
Following an accident, your primary goals are to assess your injuries, the damage to your vehicles and to collect the facts of the incident. Being prepared, dealing with injuries, documenting everything, and helping the authorities while keeping it together will help you get through the car accident.