A car accident can be a traumatic event for everyone involved. Car accidents are scary, stressful events that can result in extreme physical or psychological trauma and even death to victims. If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, there are things you can do in the moments that follow that can increase your chances of a full recovery—physically, psychologically, and financially. Below are some tips to help you behave after a car accident.
One of the best pieces of advice is that you should always keep an emergency kit in the trunk or glove compartment of your vehicle. A cell phone is a good way to contact the police after an accident. Also, have a pad of paper and a pen handy to document anything that needs to be written down. A disposable camera is also useful if you need to take pictures of the accident to help your insurance agent and the authorities determine who was at fault. You should also keep a medical information card detailing any health conditions you may have, in case you are injured in the accident.
Go out of the way
If there were no injuries, after your accident you should try to pull all the cars involved to the side of the road to keep the lane clear and prevent further accidents. Turn on turn signals or hazard lights and if you have cones, flares or warning triangles you should use those as well.
Exchange information with other stakeholders
They should also have the information of the other person involved in the accident and they should take yours. Try to get names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, registration number, number plates, and information about the other vehicle like make, model, year, etc. Don’t forget to get the names and contact information of any witnesses including the accident.
Use your camera
Use your disposable camera or cell phone camera to document the accident as best as possible. Take photos of all vehicles involved, injuries sustained, and tire tracks or debris on the roadway. These images can serve as evidence if you later file a claim for damages.
Submit an accident report.
Even if the police do not respond to the incident, you should go to the police station as soon as you are able to file an accident report.
Know your insurance
Make sure you know all aspects of your insurance policy so there are no unpleasant surprises. Contact your insurance company immediately after the accident to report any damage.
Hopefully these tips will help you know what to do after a car accident if you are ever involved in one. You should also contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible. Robert B. Sykes is a Utah personal injury attorney who uses his 30 years of personal injury experience to guide clients through the complexities of filing a lawsuit. Mr. Sykes can help you get back on track after an accident.