Many victims of car accident know the hassle and stress involved in a car accident, and there are a lot of questions asked once you experienced it. The important things you have to keep in mind after a car accident is to inspect yourself and your passengers for injuries, get to a safe area as much as possible, call 911, wait for help, share information, document the incident, and notify your insurance company. You have to act promptly and call 911 if you are injured or any of your passengers are injured, don’t attempt to move if you are seriously injured, and just wait for the arrival of the emergency response team. It is best to ask the help of a bystander if you don’t have an access to your mobile device.
It is best to leave your car where it is, and just go to a safe place, but if it is causing hazard, better pull it to the sidewalk or side of the road. This is to ensure that the police will be able to determine who is at-fault in the car accident. Car insurance is fault-based in the majority of states, wherein if a car accident happens in a fault or tort, the insurer of the at-fault driver will help in paying for repairs, medical expenses, and other losses like lost wages and pain and suffering through the liability of the driver. Regardless if it is a major collision or a minor fender-bender, it is crucial to call the police because this is legally required. The police responders will document the scene and fill out an accident report. You can also go to the nearest police station and report the car accident yourself. Your engine should be turned off, hazard lights turned on, and road flares should be used to warn other vehicles to slow down. It is important to exchange important information with the other driver once you are sure that you and your passengers are uninjured. The most important details include full name and contact information, insurance company and policy number, driver’s license, license plate number, vehicle information (type, color, and model), and the location of the accident.
Think clear and get as much information as you can by getting the names of witnesses and their contact numbers, identifying the police officers by getting their names and badge numbers, getting a copy of the accident report, and taking pictures of your car in different angles to show damage done to both cars. Hire a car accident lawyer so you’ll be helped in gathering sufficient evidence, and to prove the extent of damages.