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What should you do after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

You may drive every day and not expect to get into a collision. But car accidents are common, and you may end up sustaining injuries in an accident on your way to work, school or somewhere else.

Getting hurt in a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Knowing what steps to take can help ensure your safety and protect your legal rights.

Ensure safety

The first priority after a car accident is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Move to a safe location if possible, and turn on hazard lights to alert other drivers. Check yourself and passengers for injuries and call emergency services if anyone requires medical attention.

Exchange information

Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Obtain their name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number and vehicle registration information.

Document the scene

Document the accident scene by taking photographs of the vehicles involved, any damage sustained and the surrounding area. Note the date, time, location, weather conditions and any relevant road signs or traffic signals. This documentation can be valuable for insurance claims and legal proceedings.

Notify authorities

Contact law enforcement to report the accident, especially if there are injuries, significant damage or disputes about fault. Cooperate with police officers and provide an accurate account of what happened. Obtain a copy of the police report for your records.

Seek medical attention

Even if you do not feel injured immediately after the accident, seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries, such as whiplash or internal injuries, may not be immediately apparent but can worsen over time.

Follow up with your insurance company, healthcare provider and any other relevant parties as needed. Keep records of all communications, medical treatment and expenses related to the accident. If you experience ongoing issues or disputes, consider seeking guidance from a legal professional.