It is the unfortunate reality that car accidents are common. Because of this, it is important that people understand what to do if they find themselves in this situation. The scene of a car accident can be a very scary place that causes a sense of panic to those involved. However, it is crucial to try and stay calm during this time. Doing so allows you to focus on the situation at hand and ensure the best possible outcome.
In addition to this, it can be helpful to do the following after an accident:
Call the Police
After an accident occurs, it is crucial to contact law enforcement. This should be done even if the other party involved tells you otherwise. Law enforcement can ensure the safety of the scene. In addition to this, they can draft an official police report of the accident, take statements from witnesses, and conduct any necessary chemical tests.
Do Not Apologize
Many people believe the right thing to do after an accident is to apologize to the other party involved. However, it is important to avoid doing so. In some cases, an apology can be seen as an admission of fault for the accident. Instead of apologizing, you should simply be polite and contact the necessary emergency services. This allows you to avoid discussing liability altogether.
Photo or Video of the Wreck
As long as the scene of the accident is safe to walk about, it can be beneficial to take pictures and videos of the scene. This ensures you have documentation of any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, and bloodstains that occurred during the accident. Documentation of any poor weather or road conditions can also be helpful if you wish to file a claim with your insurance company in the future.
Record Important Details
Make sure to gather all necessary information before leaving the scene of an accident. This can consist of the names of witnesses, their phone numbers, and the registration information of all vehicles that were involved in the accident. It is important to be proactive and do so yourself instead of assuming law enforcement will collect the information for you.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Medical attention should be sought immediately after an accident, even if you feel fine in the moment. This is because it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. While emergency responders sometimes conduct examinations on the scene, you should see a doctor for an official diagnosis. This can document all information regarding your injuries.
Contact our Firm
If you or a family member have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky today.