What actions should you take after you’ve been in a car accident?
Roads everywhere are busy and crowded, and accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Even if you drive carefully and safely everywhere you go, it’s entirely possible that you could wind up getting involved in a collision. Hopefully that will never happen, but just in case it does, it helps to be prepared. What actions should you take after you’ve been in a car accident? Read on for some suggestions, and while this is not a replacement for advice from legal counsel or your insurance company, you may find them useful.
Steps to take if you are involved in an automobile accident
- Remain calm and look over yourself and your passengers for injuries. Be vocal and make sure everyone is okay.
- Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your situation.
- Even if it is just a small fender-bender, call the police. Having a police report on file will be helpful for insurance companies to determine fault, as well as provide other fact-gathering assistance. Plus, quite simply, it needs to be reported.
- If it is indeed a small accident, move your vehicles out of the way of traffic and to a safe place.
- Don’t admit fault or leave the scene. Speak as little as necessary. When you do speak, avoid giving your opinions. Just state the facts.
- If it is safe to do so, take photos. This may help for legal and insurance purposes.
- If you need medical attention, seek it as soon as possible.