What To Do After A Car Accident.
–By Les Brock–
Car accidents can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience, but it’s important to stay calm and take the necessary steps to protect yourself legally. We put together this list to help you navigate through the uncertainty after your car crash.
- Check for injuries
The first and most important thing to do after a car accident is to check yourself and others involved in the accident for injuries. If there are any serious injuries, call 911 immediately.
- Move to a safe location
If you are able to, move your vehicle to a safe location off the road to avoid further accidents. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.
- Exchange information
Exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident, including names, contact information, insurance company, policy number, and license plate number. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact information as well.
- Take pictures
Take pictures of the damage to both vehicles and any injuries sustained by yourself or others. Take additional pictures documenting your recovery. Make sure to email the photographs to yourself so that they are not saved solely on your phone in the event your phone is later lost or broken. These photos will be useful when filing an insurance claim or if legal action is necessary.
- Contact the police
Call the police to report the accident, especially if there are any injuries, significant property damage, or if the other driver is uncooperative. Make sure to tell the officer if you are experiencing any symptoms at all so that it is properly reflected in the police report.
- Contact your insurance company
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident and provide them with the necessary information, including the police report and pictures of the damage. They will guide you through the claims process.
- Seek medical attention
If you feel any pain or discomfort immediately after the accident, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Closely monitor any change in your condition. Some injuries may not be apparent until later and can become more serious if left untreated.
- Notify your insurance carrier
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident. Your insurance carrier will open a file and begin an investigation on your behalf. They can also provide guidance on what steps to take next and what information you will need to provide.
- Consult with an attorney
If you are unsure about your legal rights or if you have suffered significant injuries or property damage, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you understand your options and advocate on your behalf.
If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, contact Merrick Brock at 804-500-9796 for a free consultation. We can guide you through the legal process so that you can focus on your recovery.
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