What Should I Do After A Car Accident?

Car accidents of any kind can disrupt lives, and even the best and most cautious of drivers can be involved in one. The worst car accidents cause injury or death, resulting in weeks, months, or even years of piecing lives back together.

Taking some time to carefully consider the possibility of a car accident can help you and your family be better prepared to meet this kind of emergency.

Advance Preparations

There’s nothing so unsettling as being involved in an accident and wishing you had just a few emergency supplies on hand to help keep everyone a little safer. Here’s what you can do:

  • Stay safe in traffic by keeping a set of emergency triangles, cones, or flares in your trunk.
  • Gather important information like drug allergies, medical conditions, and the contact information of specialists and keep it in your car.

If An Accident Happens . . .

  • Stay calm. Take some deep breaths.
  • Check for injuries. If you or a passenger shows signs of injury or incoherence or is unconscious, call for an ambulance immediately.
  • In the case of a minor accident, move cars out of traffic and into a safe place.
  • If vehicles are blocking traffic or are on the shoulder, use cones, triangles, or flares to alert other drivers to slow down. Turn on your hazard lights.
  • Even in the case of a minor accident, you should call the police.

Gather Information

It’s important to gather information about the accident as soon as you can.

Gather contact information of the other people involved, including the name of their insurance provider. If the driver of the car is not the registered owner, find out their relationship. Make notes and/or take photos of the accident scene and any damage to vehicles. Stay calm and be polite, but don’t admit fault or sign any documentation except those required by the police. If you are uninjured, don’t leave the scene of the accident before the police or other emergency personnel leave.

Our friendly attorneys have experience helping people get compensation for their legal, medical, and financial needs after an accident. Contact us today. We can help.