What To Do After A Car Accident

Any type of accident — even sliding off the road into a ditch during inclement weather — can be traumatic. While it can be challenging to remain calm and focused in the moments immediately following an accident, our personal injury lawyers suggest following a few steps to ensure your safety and bolster the strength of your claim.

What To Do After A Car Accident

It might be difficult to stay calm, but your attitude following a motor vehicle accident can be a great benefit to your claim and any future legal action.

  • Move your vehicle out of traffic, turn on hazard lights, and use flares or reflective triangles if possible.
  • Assess any injuries and call an ambulance if necessary.
  • Call the police to report the accident.
  • Call your insurance carrier to report the accident.
  • Take photographs of all damage to the vehicle or vehicles.
  • Exchange contact information and insurance information with all other drivers.
  • Note details while they are still fresh in your mind: time of day, weather, factors that contributed to the accident, witnesses and any other information that you can think of.

Do not hesitate to contact an attorney if you are concerned about your insurance claim, or you feel that your insurance carrier is not acting in your best interest.

What To Do Before A Car Accident

We encourage our clients and casual Internet readers to take a moment and ensure they are prepared in the event of an accident. There are certain items that should be kept in the car, either in the glove box or packed in a box that is easily accessible.

  • A pen or pencil
  • A pad of paper
  • A disposable camera, as a cellphone might be broken or lost in the accident
  • Medical information and emergency contacts
  • Your insurance information and contact numbers

Planning ahead might help you keep your thoughts organized and recall the event at a later date.

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