If you’ve been in a car accident recently, you may not be sure what to do. As long as there are reckless, careless and inattentive drivers, drunk drivers and drivers who are unsure of traffic rules, there will be car accidents.
1.Seek immediate medical help. Make sure you and your passengers are okay and, if possible, check with the driver of the other car. Call 911 immediately, even if no one is visibly hurt. Some injuries are not obvious, and some may have symptoms days or weeks later. If you need to be taken to a hospital by ambulance, try to take a moment to notice things around you, like the license plate of the other car, or how many people were in the vehicle, and if any witnesses are willing to help. determine the details.
2. If no one is hurt, try to get out of traffic. Many people are injured after accidents when they are hit by other vehicles that do not see the cars stopped on the road.
3. Look around you for important details about the accident. Write down the license plate of the other driver first in case he decides to flee the scene. Look for skid marks, broken glass, auto parts, etc. This can be important evidence for the investigating police. If you can, photograph the scene of the accident.
4. Exchange information with all drivers, but do not discuss the accident with them. Get the information you need from the driver who hit you and any other drivers involved in the accident. Ask for their name, address, phone numbers, insurance company, policy number, and their agent.
5. Obtain contact information for passengers and witnesses. Ask them for their names, addresses, and phone numbers. Check in with all bystanders because if someone saw the accident, their testimony can be extremely valuable if the parties disagree with what happened.
6. Talk to the police officer. Tell him everything you know about the car accident. However, he does not state that he is at fault, even if he believes that he is at fault. After an investigation, he may find out that he was not responsible for the accident after all.
7. Take photos of the scene with a camera or cell phone. Photograph as much as you can: the scene, the damage to all vehicles, the road or intersection, the relevant traffic signs, the road conditions, the people in the other vehicles, and other things that could have influenced the accident.
8. Write down everything you remember about the car accident as soon as possible. You may think that you will remember all the details of the accident, but these cases can take weeks or even months to resolve. Details can become difficult to remember.
9. Get a copy of the accident report. If the police or sheriff’s department arrived on the scene, an accident report will be made available. Check for errors or omissions of fact. If you hire an attorney, he or she will be able to obtain it for you, or you can request it yourself from the sheriff or police department that made the report at the scene.
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*Information obtained from: encasodeaccidente.com