Auto accidents are usually unexpected and very stressful. Sometimes even the most careful driver may get involved in an accident. So the big question is, what should you do after a car accident? A research that was conducted by an independent institution found out that most people are usually confused on what to do when they get involved in a car accident. What you do after a car accident is very important because it can actually make a difference when it comes to saving lives or being charged for causing the accident. If you ever get involved in an accident, below are list of things that you need to do after a car accident.
1. Remain at the scene.
The mistake that many people do after being involved in an accident is leaving the accident scene. Leaving the accident scene will make people to start raising question as to whether you are the cause of the accident. Therefore, if you get involved in an accident, ensure that you remain at the scene until when you will be told that it is okay to leave. While at the scene, you can call the traffic police and inform them about the accident and where it has occurred. Don’t make the mistake of leaving the scene especially if someone is injured or killed because if you do so then you can face serious hit and run charges.
2. Check to see if the drivers and passengers are okay.
If you survive the accident without injuries, it is very important to first make sure if every person involved in the accident is okay. Call an ambulance immediately, if there is someone who need urgent medical attention. It is very important to make the effort of ensuring that everybody is okay after an accident. However, if someone is unconscious as a result of the accident or the injuries succumbed are very serious, don’t move them until a qualified medical practitioner arrives at the scene. This will help prevent further injuries.
3. Watch what you say
You need to watch every single word that comes out of your mouth after an accident. This is because what you actually say can be used against you later. Even if you think that you are actually at fault, don’t admit it right away because it can cause serious problem. Experts usually recommend that you should try as much as possible to stay silent and only get to speak after things have cooled down.
4. Call your lawyer immediately.
It is very important to call your lawyer immediately after a car accident. This is specifically important if people were injured or killed as a result of the accident. The lawyer will help to file a solid case that will help you get compensated, if the accident was caused as a result of someone else negligence. The lawyer will also defend you if you are at fault. Many people are usually very emotional and at pain after an accident. As a result they usually say negative things that are usually used against them later. Calling your attorney immediately after the accident will help prevent you from saying things that will be used against you later.
5. Inform your insurance company.
You need to talk to your insurance company immediately if you have been involved in an accident. The biggest mistake that most motorists do when they get involved in an accident is not informing their insurance companies immediately. If you don’t inform them immediately, they will suspect that you are trying to cover up something. Call them immediately and tell them what exactly happened. Don’t even think of lying because if you do so then you will land yourself into serious problems such as being denied medical coverage. The truth will set you free. Always say the truth even if it will not work in your favor. Don’t forget to review the report that has been filed by the police so as to know exactly what really happened and who is at fault.
6. Take pictures.
If you have a camera or a mobile phone that can take clear photos, take pictures of all your vehicles damage immediately after the car accident. Pictures are very important and they can help insurance company know how much you should be compensated for damages that your car has succumbed. The pictures can also serve as good evidence in courts. Picture will offer a great comparison and contrast of damages that your car has sustained as result of the accident.
7. Talk to witnesses.
If you have witnesses around, talk to each one of them to know what they saw. It is also very important to get their names, phone numbers as well as their address. Whiteness are very important especially if you are planning to sue the person who has caused the accident.
8. Don’t accept early settlements offers.
Don’t accept any settlement that the insurance company offers immediately after the accident. Most insurance companies usually take advantage of the situation to intimidate their clients. Before you sign any agreement, you need to know the extent of your physical injuries. Some injuries usually don’t show up immediately after a car accident. Don’t sign any papers with insurance company until you are sure of the injuries that you have succumbed. Ensure that you also consult your attorney for advice before you sign any settlement documents.
9. Stay calm
Car accident usually bring a wide range of emotions such as shock, anger, fear and nervousness all of which are normal. They as much as possible to stay calm by taking deep breathe. Don’t allow your emotions to control you because if you do so then you will end up creating more problems which can be used against you. The calmer you are, the better you will be when it comes to handling the situation.
In conclusion, if you ever get involved in accident, ensure that you follow the above mentioned tips. They will help you get justice in case the accident was caused as a result of somebody else fault. On the other hand if you are the cause of the accident, they will help you get a fair judgment.