Being in a car accident, big or small, is a traumatic experience. It goes without saying that the severity of the car accident is parallel to the severity of the injuries sustained. However, sometimes even the smallest fender bender can lead to “hidden injuries” or injuries that appear several days later. When this occurs, it might be too late to receive compensation for your injuries because you didn’t take the proper steps after your accident. This is why we’ve created
this guide on what to do (and what not to do) after you’ve been in a car accident.
What You Should Do ?
1.Stay At The Scene:
Regardless of whether or not you caused the accident, stay at the scene of the accident. Exception: Unless you’ve been in an accident in a remote location and feel unsafe. Your best course of action is to drive to a police station to report the accident.
2.Check The Status Of The Drivers and Passengers:
Anyone who was involved in a car accident should be evaluated on whether or not they need medical attention. If Someone is seriously injured call an ambulance immediately.
3.Call The Police:
Once the police arrive, ask them to file a police report. For your records, write down the officer’s name and badge numbers.
4. Exchange Information:
Make sure you acquire the name, address, driver’s license number, license plate number, and basic insurance information with any other party involved in the auto accident.
5.Talk To Witnesses
Talk to as many people as you can who were a witness to the accident. Keep a list of their names, telephone numbers, and address. Also, ask them to give a summary of the accident and keep it for your records.
6. Take Pictures
If there was any damage to your vehicle, take photographs to document it before it gets repaired.
7. Call Your Insurance Company
Be as open and honest with your insurance company as possible about the circumstances of your accident. Make sure
they receive a copy of the police report.
8.Keep Track Of Your Medical Treatment
Keep a record of which doctors that you have visited and what medical treatment you received.
9. Get Your Property Damage Assessed
You are entitled to bring your car to any mechanic that makes you the most comfortable. The insurance adjuster will meet you and assess the extent of damage to your vehicle.
10. Hire An Attorney
If you’ve been injured hiring a car accident attorney can help you get the proper compensation to help cover the expenses of your medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and pain and suffering.