There are hundreds of thousands of car crashes each year, the majority of them fortunately not causing serious injuries. Even so, you are likely to feel shaken up, angry and confused immediately following a fender bender
What should you do after an accident to protect both your financial and your legal interests? What happens if you or a loved one was injured? The following tips can help you stay calm and focused after a car crash so you can begin the steps to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.
Get immediately to safety – If you are able, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic. The side of the road will usually suffice. If your car won’t move, get to the sidewalk as soon as you can.
Check others for injuries – If someone is seriously injured, call an ambulance. Minor injuries may wait for first aid if you wish.
Call the police – No matter the size of the accident, law enforcement will assist
in investigating the cause of the crash, talking to witnesses and preparing a statement. This may later help your case if you have a personal injury claim.
Exchange your insurance information with the other drivers – Give your insurance and contact information to the others involved, but limit your discussion only to the facts regarding the collision. Saying you’re sorry may be seen as an admission of fault.
In the days following the crash, you will want to contact your insurance company and keep in touch with law enforcement. If you originally thought you were uninjured but begin to feel sore, do not hesitate to see your doctor. Some injuries may show up several days after a collision. If your injuries were the result of a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Call your attorney so that he or she can contact your insurance company and communicate with law enforcement.