After a car accident, shock and adrenaline can make it difficult to think clearly. However, there are several vital steps to take after a crash to ensure everyone’s safety and protect your legal rights. By failing to take these steps, you may sabotage your ability to recover compensation for losses sustained in the accident.
The most important steps to take after a car accident include:
The first thing to do after a car accident is to check yourself and then your passengers, for injuries. If any injuries have occurred, call 911. If you’re unable to make the call due to an injury, ask someone else to do so. If you’ve sustained a serious injury, keep still to the best of your ability and wait for help to arrive.
If you haven’t yet done so for injuries, call 911. The police should be called to the scene of the crash, whether it’s a minor or major accident. You can provide the police report to your insurance company during the claims process, and it’ll be helpful if you end up filing an auto accident claim.
After an automobile accident, exchange the following information with the other driver:
- Contact information
- Driver’s license number
- License plate number
- Make and model of the vehicle
- Insurance company and policy number
Make sure to avoid talking about fault while you exchange information. If an auto accident case must go to court, a simple “I’m sorry” can be misinterpreted as admitting fault.
Document the Crash.
Documenting the details of the crash is important if you need to file a claim. Take photos of the damage to both vehicles, as well as the other car’s license plate. Write down the names and badge numbers of all of the officers that arrive at the scene, as well as the names and contact numbers of any witnesses.
Talk to Your Insurer.
Calling your car insurance company at the scene of the crash is often helpful to learn the exact details of how to complete the claims process.
Consider Calling an Auto Accident Attorney.
If you’re involved in a car accident that leads to injury or that was caused by the negligence of another, call an experienced auto accident attorney at Weldon & Rothman, PL. We’ll ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your losses after a car crash.