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5 Important Steps to Take Immediately After an Accident

An accident can be a harrowing experience, especially if you were injured. The following are the 5 best things to do immediately after an accident.

1.Check Yourself and Passengers for Injuries

If you are too injured to move from your current position, don’t attempt to move your body. Call to the passengers in the car and ask how badly they are hurt. If you haven’t been injured or your injuries are minor, check each passenger in your car for injuries. Call 911 (if you can) so everyone’s injuries can be tended to quickly.

2.Get to Safety

After an accident, the last thing you want is to bring further injury to yourself or damage to your vehicle. If you can, get your vehicle out of traffic and over to the side of the road. Make sure you turn on your hazard lights (if your vehicle has them) and turn off your engine. After you’ve done this, you can assess the damage of your vehicle and document it with pictures.

3.Exchange Information

You’ll need to speak to the driver of the other vehicle; never apologize for the accident. If you believe the accident may be even partly your fault, don’t apologize. The other party could use this apology as an admission of fault and you may end up paying for the damages. Keep the conversation to the facts at hand and the exchange of information.

Information you should exchange with the other party is:

  • full name and contact information;
  • insurance information (company and policy number);
  • driver’s license information;
  • license plate number;
  • make, model, and color of your vehicle; and
  • the location of the accident.

4.Document the Accident

In order to make a strong case, you will need to document every facet of the accident. It’s essential to take the following steps:

  • Identify the police officers: After police arrive at the scene, write down their names and badge numbers. If they write a police report, take note of it for your attorney.
  • Take pictures: Use your phone to take pictures of the scene of the accident. Don’t just take pictures of your own vehicle; document the other vehicle(s) involved as well. You should also take pictures of the area and street names (if visible).
  • Write down names: If there were other passengers in the vehicle(s), make sure you take down their names and contact information. They may need to be questioned if the accident leads to an investigation by your attorney or insurance company.
  • Talk to witnesses: If any witnesses stopped to help, make sure you take down their information as well. You should also write down their version of the events to help build your case.

5.Notify Your Insurance Company

You should file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible so the investigation process can begin. Once it is on file, your attorney can work with your insurance company to seek the compensation you deserve.

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If you are injured in an accident, your well being and recovery should be your first priority. Let our personal injury attorneys take care of the legal issues so you can focus on healing. We will help you retrieve compensation for your pain and suffering while you work on recovering.

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