Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
When you're involved in a car accident, your nerves can be so frazzled that you don't know what to do. That is why it is a good idea to know ahead of time the proper steps to take if you should ever get into an accident with another motorist. While you hope to never need this information, it is better to be prepared in case you do. The following steps will help you deal with the aftermath of an accident in a calm and rational manner:
- Assess your own injuries and those of passengers in both vehicles. If necessary, call 911 for transportation to a local hospital. Safety must be the first priority and everything else can wait.
- If no one is injured, report the accident to the police and move your vehicle to a safe location. If your car won't move, turn on your emergency flashers.
- Exchange information with the other driver. This includes name, address, date of birth, driver's license number and insurance company information.
- Photograph the damage to your vehicle if you have a camera available. Take notes of its condition and get contact information for any witnesses.
- File an accident report with the local police department. You may have to do this on your own if no officer is available to come to the scene of a minor accident. Also, notify your own insurance company about the accident.
If the accident was caused due to the recklessness of the other driver, you may also want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. The Barkett Law Firm represents personal injury victims in car crashes and numerous other types of accidents. If the auto accident has left you in pain or unable to work, Michael Barkett and his team of experienced personal injury attorneys will pursue the other party until you receive the compensation you deserve.