Whether you saw the car coming toward you or it hit you from behind, a car accident can be a scary experience. Many people find themselves quite shaken up after an accident. As the victim of a car crash, there are several things you should do directly after the accident.
Check for Injuries
Your safety and the safety of your passengers should be a top priority. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is alright. If needed, seek medical help right away. Even if your injuries seem minor at the time, they should be taken seriously. In some cases, the extent of the injury may not be realized until several hours later. If you realize your symptoms have gotten worse after several hours or if new symptoms appear, visit a medical professional right away.
Get the Other Driver’s Information
If injuries and property damage seem minor, people sometimes avoid exchanging information. Even if there’s only a little scratch or dent on your vehicle or if you don’t notice any physical damage, get the other driver’s information, including name, contact information, and insurance information. Even if you don’t think that you need it now, you may later realize that it is important.
In the event of a hit-and-run accident, get as much information about the driver and vehicle as possible. This includes a description of the vehicle as well as a physical description of the driver. When possible, get the vehicle’s license plate number as well.
Report the Accident to the Police
If it’s a minor accident, people sometimes avoid reporting it to the police. Don’t make this mistake. If there is not an official report of the accident, the other driver could try to blame you. If there were other people around who witnessed the accident, make sure that they provide an accurate report of the accident.
Take Photo Evidence of the Accident
This includes damage to your vehicle, injuries to yourself and others, as well as any pictures that will show that the other driver was at fault. This evidence may be essential when filling out an accident report or making a claim.
Unfortunately, car accidents sometimes result in serious injuries. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, contact us.