What Should I Do if I am in a Car Accident?

After getting into a car accident, you will likely be scared, shaken up and confused. What you do after a car accident is absolutely critical; however, many people do not know the correct steps they should be taking. Follow these steps to make the unpleasant experience go as smoothly as possible.


Get injuries treated

Of course, treating any injuries you may have sustained is always the first thing you should do in the event of an accident. If you are     unable to perform the rest of the steps due to health concerns, make sure the police, a friend or a relative are present before you leave the accident scene.

File a police report

It is important to get the police involved in all car accidents. The police will collect statements from all parties involved, including key witnesses. Afterward, the police will construct a police report with all the facts they gathered. This report will be used by insurance companies to determine the liability of each driver.

Take photographs

It is important to take as many photographs as you can of the accident scene. Make sure you take photographs of the damage done to both vehicles, any skid marks on the pavement, as well as the direction of glass or other car parts on the road. All of these photographs will help insurance companies determine the cause of the accident. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes in these cases, thousands of dollars.

Get the names of witnesses

It is important to get the name and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Insurance companies are more likely to believe an uninvolved third party  than the two biased drivers when it comes to recapping the accident.

Exchange insurance information

This is the most important thing to do after getting into an accident. If you do not get the other person’s insurance information, your insurance company may end up making you pay out of pocket for the damages, even if the other driver was at fault.

Protect Your Rights

Many insurance companies want to take statements immediately following an accident, but sometimes it is best to seek legal advice before providing one. An attorney can advise you on a variety of issues including how to make sure you are getting the best medical treatment or that you may be fully compensated for the problems caused by the accident. Did you suffer any injuries during the accident? If you were injured,  it may be in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney.

If you have been in an accident and would like more information about seeking guidance from a personal injury attorney, contact us . One of our experienced lawyers can help  your bad experience from getting much worse.

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