A car accident is unexpected and happens fast. The chaos of the moment makes it easy to forget what to do when you find yourself in a car accident. This list of 10 things to do if involved in a car accident will help you remember what to do should you find yourself in this situation. One of the leading causes of an unsuccessful case is not having enough information. Feel free to print this out and keep it in your car.
It is important to note that if there are any injuries resulting from the car accident, make sure you cal 9-1-1. Your safety and the safety of others is most important.
1. Call the Police
If you are involved in a car accident, call the police. The police may not show up for a smaller accident, but if there is possible damage to anybody or their property, it is best to contact the proper authorities and have a police report written. Even if the police do not show up, at least you have a call on record.
2. Talk to Witnesses
If there are witnesses who saw the accident happen, get their names and phone numbers. Also, try to get the witness to explain what they saw and write that down with the witnesses contact information. Don’t say, “Did you see them hit me?” Instead say, “Did you see what happened.” It is best to get the uninhibited perspective from the witness. If the Police arrive, you can let the police handle this part.
3. Take Pictures of the Damage to Other Cars and Property Involved
Using your smartphone or a camera, take pictures of the damage to the other cars. Make sure to get permission from the car owners. Take photos from multiple angles. Also, take pictures of any damage to property that was a result of the car accident.
4. Take Pictures of the Damage to Your Car
Take photos of the damage to your car from multiple angles.
5. Make Note of Other Passengers
If there are other passengers riding in other cars involved in the car accident, write down their names and phone numbers.
6. Get Copies of Other Drivers Documents
Using your smartphone or a camera, take a photo of the insurance card and driver’s license of the drivers of the other cars involved. If one of the cars involved is a rental car, get the information of the rental car company and it’s location. Make sure you get a clear copy of the other driver’s insurance card so you can provide this to your insurance company.
7. Get a Copy of the Other Drivers Communication with Police
If Police arrived and took a statement, get a copy of the information collected by the Police Officer. You will also want to get a copy of the police report once it is available.
8. Report the Accident to your Insurance Company
It is important that you notify your insurance company right away. Insurance companies will want to get a statement from those involved in the accident and you want to make sure that this happens while the accident is fresh on the minds of all who are involved.
9. See a Medical Professional
Even if you feel fine, get checked out by a medical professional. Some medical issues caused by a car accident are not immediately noticeable.
10. Speak with an Attorney to Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected
Insurance companies will try and close a claim as quickly as possible. They will do everything they can to pay injured victims the least amount of compensation possible. Speaking to a Personal Injury Attorney will assure you are not taken advantage of or tricked out of the reparation you deserve.
We hope this list helps you or someone you care about should they be involved in a car accident. 77% of us will be involved in a car accident in our lifetime which means we all need to protect ourselves.