Common Questions About What To Do After An Accident
Being involved in an accident is not something people typically plan for or think about. There are a number of things that you should do to protect your rights, protect your safety and make sure that you gather the information you need to get fair compensation. Listed below are answers to questions about how you should respond if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident.
What To Do If You Just Had An Accident
- If you are injured stay in your car—it’s safer there.
- Before leaving your car, make sure other traffic has stopped and it is safe to do get out.
- If there is damage to your vehicle or if you or a passenger have been injured, call 911.
- Go to the hospital to be examined.
- Take pictures and video. Get the position of the vehicles, lights, debris or skid marks.
- Be prepared to take pictures of the other vehicle’s license plate if they show signs of leaving the scene!
- Do not discuss what happened with the other driver. Instead, listen. Do not yell or argue.
- Do not apologize, even if you think it was your fault.
- Avoid a secondary collision: Put on hazard flashers, deploy flares or reflectors, but move to a place of safety: do not put yourself in a position of danger.
- Call your insurance company as soon as is reasonable. Or better yet, call me! I will take care of all of the trouble off your hands.