When you find yourself in that unfortunate and regrettable situation of a car accident you need to keep calm and follow some basic steps to ensure that all parties involved are treated fairly and accurately. Here I will discuss the basic steps of what to do after a car accident.
The first step is to make sure that nobody in your vehicle is harmed. If they are you need to contact emergency services immediately. Exit the vehicle and check that for injuries in other vehicles as well.
The second step is to keep your accident, whatever kind of accident it may be and no matter who might be at fault, from causing further accidents. Contact emergency personnel. Always carry a set of emergency cones and flags in your trunk. Turn on your emergency lights and set out cones and flags to alert any possible traffic of your situation. This step is especially important at night or in adverse weather where visibility is impaired.
Next get information from the drivers of other vehicles involved for insurance purposes. Ask politely for information, above all do not be confrontational. Some people may be in shock and could react violently or evasively to aggressive behavior. Stay calm and collect as much information as you can.
Answer any questions that police ask but do not admit fault even if you think you are at fault. The time for blame and recompense will come later. Right now it is important to stick to the facts and assist the officers in gathering information.
In the days following the accident make sure you contact your insurance agent and company. Walk them through the accident as you saw it and also let them know what police you talked to and what you told them. Assisting your insurance agency will help to get your vehicle repaired more quickly and will also help out any other motorists involved.
Contact a car accident attorney. Even if nobody was injured. An attorney brought into the loop early can help you to understand your rights and can help with any accusations of harm, assist you if you or anyone in your vehicle was injured, and can mitigate problems with insurance if any arise. Most attorneys work on comission for accidents and will only charge you if compensation is collected or if you are taken to court for fault.
Remember to always drive defensively and stay safe.
About the author:
Rodney Staton is a freelance author with miles of writing experience. While he’s run into an accident or two on his writing journey, he avoids car accidents by never actually driving anywhere.