What To Do After A Car Accident
Taking preventative measures to avoid being involved in a car accident is important, but that doesn’t always make accidents unavoidable. Following an accident, it can be difficult to determine what the right steps are and what information you need. Use this checklist to help cover important post-accident tasks.
1. Determine Injuries And Damage
Stay calm and assess injuries first. If you or other individuals involved are injured, determine whether they require immediate medical attention, but don’t panic. Call for an ambulance if necessary. Also, do a good investigation of all cars involved for damage.
2. Call The Police
Even minor car accidents should be reported to the police to make sure that a report is taken. Don’t ever leave the scene of the accident until the police have filed a full report. Also, try to talk about the accident as little as possible with those involved. This can cause facts to become skewed and inaccurate.
3. Gather Information
Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone involved in the accident, including individuals who may have seen the accident. If you or one of your passengers has been injured, these witnesses can be of great help to your case. Also, exchange insurance and vehicle information, including VIN number, license plate number and description of the car involved and take photos if possible.
4. Call For Back-Up
Calling your insurance agency to report damage to your car can be helpful, but can also cause an increase in insurance rates, so take that into consideration. After a car accident, tickets, car damage, injuries and treatment from the insurance companies often warrant the need for a lawyer, so don’t hesitate to call an experienced lawyer.