You cannot prepare for a car accident. Unexpected crashes often result in costly damages and injuries that require extensive recovery and rehabilitation.
You can prepare for the aftermath by knowing what to do after an unexpected collision.
1. Check for injuries
Immediately after an accident, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you are physically able, check on the other drivers as well. Call 911 for emergency medical help for anyone in need of medical assistance.
2. Report the accident
Even if the damage is minor and there are no injuries, report any motor vehicle collision to the police. The police with file an official report containing details of the scene, witness statements and photographs of the vehicles and the area. All of this information will be helpful for any insurance claim and necessary for any litigation about the accident that may occur in the future.
3. Exchange information
Speak to the other driver to exchange insurance information, but keep your contact brief. Do not assign blame or admit fault. If injured or you feel unsafe speaking to the other driver, the police report should contain this information.
4. Keep calm
Regardless of the circumstances, always try to remain calm after an accident. It is not the time to confront the other driver or anyone else you think is at fault. Keep a clear head and focus on potential injuries instead.
If you experience headaches or new pain in the days immediately following the accident, seek medical attention as soon as these new symptoms appear. Head injuries, back injuries and other serious injuries may not be evident right away. Follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and updates from Spencer and Associates.