Car accidents are traumatic experiences. Even if no one gets hurt, the idea of being in a life-threatening car accident can have an impact on your physical and your emotional health. After a car accident, people are usually panicking, trying to understand and assess the situation and the damages, but also trying to absorb what just happened. You might feel like there isn’t much that you can do after a car accident, but there are a few things that have to be done. Some things will determine whether you will get compensated for the damages or not. If someone gets seriously hurt, then there are a few actions you can take to prove that the other party was at fault or that you were both equally mistaken. Here is a list of things that you have to remember to do after a car crash.
Try Not to Panic
It is kind of impossible not to panic when there are damages, glass, and injuries everywhere. However, panicking after a car accident will get the adrenaline to convince you to walk away from the accident. Drive off, go home to make sure nothing worse can happen to you. However, it’s a legal obligation to not leave the scene until you call the police.
The police are going to document and report the accident, which is also vital information for your insurance claim. If you’re afraid that your accident will cause other accidents, then you can just set up flares and turn on your lights to alert other drivers in the street. If the accident is in the middle of the road, take pictures of the scene for the police investigation and move your cars to the side of the road.
When talking to the police make sure you tell them the truth and exactly how you remember it. Don’t leave out anything and if you feel like you will, tell the police that you feel like there are details you’re missing out on. If the police ask if you’re injured and you say no, go home and find out you are, it’s going to be hard to prove. And it will make things harder with the coverage of your medical bills.
This is a challenging process, to be able to focus on what’s happening around you while you’re in shock is not an easy thing to do, but if you can, it will make your life so much easier. If you’re involved in a car accident, then you don’t want it to be your word against the other party’s word especially if they are at fault and will not admit it. Take pictures of the entire scene and the damages of your car and any other vehicles. Make sure you take pictures of any physical injuries that you or the other party involved in the accident have.
Try and collect the information of the other party as well as the information of any other witnesses, in case you need them when you file a claim or if things get complicated and you have to take things to court to get the compensation you deserve. Also, make sure you get the police report number because you’re going to need it when you file personal injury claims.
You might not feel any pain or notice any sign of injuries until after the trauma of the accident is gone. Therefore, you need to seek medical help immediately after the car accident. Make sure you go to the ER and explain what happened so they can run the necessary tests and find out if something is wrong before it’s too late.
There are two very important calls that you have to make as soon as you can after the accident. A call to your insurance company because informing them of the accident as soon as it happens is how you will be able to get them to cover anything. It’s the process that they require. You will also need to give your lawyer a call. You can even have your lawyer talk to your insurance company instead to avoid any complications with your claim. Your insurance company would love to hold anything against you so they can have fewer obligations and you don’t want that to happen, do you?
The most important thing to remember to do after a car accident is to try and limit the damages. If your car is wrecked and has a few injuries you’re going to need to spend a lot of money on fixing your car and taking care of your health, not to mention all the time you need off of work and the income you’re going to lose.
Just remember not to commit to anything with the other party and make sure you’re able to file a claim after the accident. Make sure to collect all the evidence you notice and the necessary information you need to help you start the process of getting compensated for the accident after it has occurred. Don’t forget to call the police and report your accident as soon as possible because you’re going to need this information in case you face any challenges. When you have the time and energy, you need to make sure you call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the crash. Stick to the legal obligations and facts to be able to protect your rights.