Whether you are driving to work, running errands or starting a road trip, a car accident can ruin your day. It does not matter how severe of a crash it is, dealing with the aftermath can be stressful and complicated, especially if you have never been in one before.
While everyone hopes to never be in a car crash, knowing what to do ahead of time can ease some of the anxiety you may feel if you are involved in one.
Steps to take immediately after an accident
If involved in a car accident, the first thing you need to do is move your vehicle off the roadway. Doing so will help prevent other accidents. You need to let other drivers know there are vehicles stopped ahead, so turn on your hazard lights and place reflective triangles on the roadway, but be mindful they do not impede traffic.
If medical attention is needed, call 911. However, even if the accident is minor, you will still need to call the police. This police report of the crash is helpful is someone involved in the accident files a claim with their insurance company.
While the responding police officer will make an official report regarding the accident, writing your detailed description of what happened is a good idea. You will want to include time, location, road conditions, weather and the date of the accident.
Other useful things to do after a car accident include:
- Taking pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.
- Exchanging information with the other driver or drivers involved.
Ask for help before accepting a settlement
After an accident, you will need to report the accident to your insurance company. Before accepting any settlement from an insurance company, you should speak with an attorney. While an attorney can help with claims and settlements, the steps you take immediately after a car accident can make a difference.