More than 10 million car accidents occur each year in the United States. While many of these car accidents only involve property damage, some also involve serious injuries. If you are involved in an auto accident, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to proceed. This article will review 10 of the things that you should remember to do after a car accident.
Under no circumstance should you ever drive away from the scene of accident. Doing this can result in you being charged with a crime. Instead, you should remain at the accident scene until all involved parties decide to leave.
To avoid being struck by other motorists who pass the scene of an accident, light some road flares or use your vehicle’s flashers to alert oncoming traffic. You should also avoid standing in an area where you are likely to be hit by oncoming motorists.
Even if no one was injured in the car accident, it is still a wise idea to contact law enforcement. Creating an accident report at the scene will help you when dealing with insurance companies.
When law enforcement arrives at the scene of the accident, you should make sure to inform them exactly how the accident occurred. Avoid guessing or speculating any details and never admit guilt. Make certain that anyone who is involved in the accident also provides accurate information and if they do not, make sure to record your disagreement with their version.
Today, many people have cell phones equipped with cameras that can be used to document the accident scene. If you are injured in the accident, you should always take photographs of the injuries you received. If it is impossible to take photographs at the scene of the accident, do so as soon as possible afterward.
In many situations, investigating law enforcement obtains information from the parties that are involved in an accident. If law enforcement is not involved, you should make sure to obtain the name, contact information, and insurance information for all people who are involved in the accident.
Notify your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Many insurance policies require drivers to immediately report accidents.
Many times, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent. Some accident victims do not notice until later that they have been seriously injured. If you are not certain whether you have been injured, it is best to receive medical attention right away.
Make sure to keep all documents that pertain to the accident. Some of the important details that you should hold onto include the claim number, contact information for the adjuster handling the claim, contact information for involved parties, and receipts for any related expenses.
One of the most important steps that you can take after an accident is to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. At Kruger & Hodges, we will remain committed to protecting your rights and fighting for the compensation you deserve. We have helped many accident victims navigate the complexities of the legal system. Contact our law office today for the assistance that you need during this difficult time.