Getting into a car crash is a stressful event. Having a basic checklist in mind can ease some of the stress. The four steps are generally applicable to any accident include:
- Evaluate the situation. Are you injured? Is anyone injured? Are you blocking traffic? Do you need to call the police? Take a moment to answer these questions before thinking too much about what just happened. If anyone is injured, call an ambulance and the police. If the accident caused major damage to your car but no one is injured, it is still a good idea to call the police. This will likely result in a police report that can be used later if needed.
- Get information. Gather information about the accident. If the other driver leaves the scene, jot down the license plate number and basic information about the car. If the driver stays, get his or her name, insurance information and contact information. If police are called get the names of the responding officers. Get contact information for anyone else involved in the accident and any witnesses. It can also help to take a few photos with your phone to document the damage.
- Keep records. Keep copies of everything in a folder or envelope. If a police report was filed, get a copy. If medical attention was received, keep copies of the bills. Document any costs for medication and rehabilitation. Note any missed work.
Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons. A lack of attention on the road because the driver was playing Pokémon Go, updating a Facebook post, or Tweeting, kids fighting in the backseat, drowsiness, or drinking and driving are all examples known to contribute to accidents.
Regardless of the cause of the crash, those who are injured in an accident this is the result of another’s negligence are likely eligible to receive compensation through a personal injury claim. If you believe the accident was the other driver’s fault, it is wise to contact an experienced car accident attorney. This legal professional can review the details of your case and work to better ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.