3 Ways to Respond to an Auto Accident
Auto accidents can occur on any road, at any time, and to anyone. More than 6 million car accidents occur in the United States every year—from minor fender benders to collisions involving fatalities. No matter how major or minor, a car accident takes a toll on your life. Your life and daily routine are turned upside down by doctor’s visits, missed work, and auto repairs. Here are 3 things you should do after a car wreck to get you back on your feet quickly and with as little stress as possible.
Take Care of Immediate Needs
If you or anyone involved in the accident is injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. If you’re seriously injured, try not to move while you wait for emergency personnel to arrive. If you’re not seriously injured, check on your passengers and any other people involved in the accident.
Often, injuries caused by car accidents aren’t immediately apparent. Even in accidents involving minor impacts, you can sustain serious injuries. Don’t be afraid to get checked out in the emergency room or by your family physician after an accident. Also, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention for any persistent or recurring pains, aches, or other medical effects the accident may have had on you or your passengers.
Once everyone has been checked out and it's safe to do so, move your car off the road onto the shoulder or a sidewalk. If you can't move your car off the road, turn on your hazard lights.
Whether the accident is a minor fender bender or a major collision, call the police. The responding officer will fill out an accident report and document the scene. When you file a claim, your insurance company may ask for a copy of the police report to help with the claims process.
Exchange and Document
After making sure you and any other people involved are uninjured, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Make sure you get the other driver’s full name and contact information; the name of his or her insurance company and policy number; his or her driver’s license and license plate number; and the make, model, and color of the other vehicle. You should also get the names and contact information of all passengers and witnesses to the collision. Write down the responding officer’s name and badge number and ask how you can obtain a copy of the accident report.
Next, document the scene. Snap some photos of the accident scene and surrounding area with your phone’s camera. Keep a notepad and a pen in your vehicle to record information about the conditions at the time of the accident. You should write down the date and time of the accident, any traffic conditions at the time, and any pertinent details about the weather and road conditions. Also, record your recollection of the accident events.
Enlist Professional Help
You need to spend your time recovering from the accident, not dealing with claims adjusters and paperwork. An auto accident lawyer in Bradenton, FL, can get you the compensation you're entitled to. Don’t sign anything from an insurance company without first speaking with an attorney. Insurance companies have a legal team working 24/7 to protect their interests. Shouldn’t you have the same advantage? An experienced car accident attorney will fight for you and make sure your rights are protected.
Call Erjavec Injury Law at (941) 907-1133 for a free evaluation of your case.