Motor vehicle accidents happen when you least expect them, and it’s common to be shaken up after you’re involved in one. But it’s very important you remember these steps:
- Check for Injuries
- Determine if anyone involved needs medical attention as this is one of the first questions a dispatcher will ask.
- Call the Police
- This is necessary even if the accident is just a fender bender. A police officer will write a report that states the facts of the crash which will be helpful if an involved party tries to change their story at a later date.
- Collect Contact Information
- Ask the other involved parties and any witnesses for their contact information.
- Photograph the Scene
- It’s a good idea to take photographs of the scene before the cars are moved, especially if it was a front or side impact accident. Take pictures of the vehicles, skid marks (if there are any), and any debris such as broken glass. For those who don’t have a cell phone camera, keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment for such an emergency.
- Seek Medical Care
- If you’re injured, be sure to seek medical care as an injury can be more serious than it first appears. Though keep in mind that some injuries take a few days to present themselves.
- Photograph Your Injuries
- Take photographs of any visible injuries before they begin the healing process. These are often helpful when it comes time to work out a settlement with the other driver’s insurance company.
If you were injured in an auto accident, please contact us for a free consultation. We will work hard to get you the settlement you deserve if you have a case.