Auto Accident Checklist: What To Do
Understanding what to do if you’re involved in an auto accident can protect your safety and your right to fair compensation. While every scenario is different, we can offer some helpful tips to guide you in the wake of a collision.
If you’ve been involved in any type of traffic accident:
- Try to stay calm. Pull over to the side of the road if possible, and put on your hazard lights. If anyone is injured or the accident is blocking traffic, call 911.
- Do not leave the scene. You need to remain at the scene until you have exchanged insurance and contact information with the other driver or drivers. Leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense, and you could face hit and run charges. The only exception may be if you are seriously injured and taken from the scene by an ambulance.
- Gather information. If this does not present a safety hazard to you or others, take photos and get the contact information of any witnesses. Also get the information of any law enforcement officers or emergency personnel that come to the scene.
- Stay smart. Do not admit fault or apologize to the other driver or law enforcement. Even if you initially think that you’re to blame, a full investigation of the accident may reveal a different cause.
- Protect your identity. In providing information to the other driver, provide your name, the VIN, make, model, year, and color of your vehicle, and your insurance information. Do not allow your driver’s license or registration to be photographed, and do not provide your address or other personal information, like your driver’s license number or social security number.
- Report the accident to your insurance company. Call your insurance company and tell them what happened. Again, do not admit fault. Try to be objective and give the facts.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you feel alright, you should see a doctor after a car accident. Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries may not be immediately apparent after a collision, but you could begin experiencing pain and other symptoms in the next several hours or days. Tell your doctor that you were involved in an accident so he or she knows what injuries to look for.
- Call an attorney. If you were injured, involve an attorney. You may be surprised to find that you are entitled to far more compensation than you initially thought, and an attorney can pursue this for you. All injuries, damages, and losses must be accounted for.
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