No one plans on having a car accident, but they happen every day. It’s best to be prepared, just in case. Knowing what you should and shouldn’t do after a car accident can help preserve your right to seek compensation later. If you aren’t sure which steps you should take in the aftermath of a crash, an auto accident attorney can advise you.
Immediately After the Crash
When your car comes to a halt, check on yourself and your passengers for signs of serious injuries. If possible, move the car out of the path of oncoming traffic. Then, call 911 and give the exact location of the crash. Inform the emergency dispatcher if an ambulance is needed. If you have road flares, you can set them out to alert other drivers to the crash.
While Awaiting Emergency Responders
After you call 911, you can begin exchanging information with the other driver. You’ll need to exchange names, addresses, insurance carrier names, insurance policy numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Write down the make, model, and color of the other car. Aside from gathering this information, avoid further interactions with the other driver because you may inadvertently say something that could jeopardize your claim. It’s also a good idea to take photographs of the vehicles and the crash site, and gather the contact information of any witnesses to the crash. When the police arrive, be sure to ask how you can obtain a copy of the accident report.
While at the Hospital
Always go to the hospital after a crash, even if you think your injuries are not serious. Your medical records may play an important role in your insurance claim or a lawsuit filed by your auto accident attorney. Keep all of your medical receipts.
Shortly After the Crash
After you’ve had a medical evaluation, it’s time to contact an auto accident attorney to discuss your case. Find out which crash-related documents you need to compile and what you should say to the insurance company.
Should you ever need legal guidance, Johnson Law Firm, PC is here to help. I am proud to serve Woodbridge, VA residents as a seasoned auto accident attorney. Call me at (703) 670-0761 to set up an appointment today or browse my website for more information about my practice areas, including slip and fall accident litigation.