5 Action Steps To Take When You Get Into A Car Accident

July 12, 2021
Randy Lafferty, Esq. | Bard Shober, Esq.

Motor vehicle accidents are a scary thing to think about. No matter how big or small the accident may be, you may feel disoriented and shaken up by it. We advise you to stay calm and follow the steps below so that we can help you:

  1. STOP & Protect the scene
    Even if the car accident is minor, never drive away. Be prepared to use flares if your car is in a dangerous location and set up flares or turn on your hazards. If you do not have flares or your lights don’t work, ensure you have flashlights for nighttime to keep yourself safe and prevent any other accidents.
  2. Call the Police
    Even if no one is injured, it is a good idea to call the police. Some insurances do require a police report for a car accident. Do not move the vehicles unless they are in a dangerous location. When the police arrive, tell them everything that happened to the best of your ability. If you do not know an answer, say you don’t know instead of making something up. If they ask if you are injured and you are unsure, say that instead of no. A lot of times, injuries may not show up until hours or days after an accident.
  3. Take Photos, Exchange Info, & Report
    It is important to take photos of the scene and as many details as possible to document the car accident. Make sure you both exchange your information before leaving. This information includes names, phone numbers, etc. of all involved parties (including any witnesses) and insurance information. You can also ask the police for a record number. You want to call your insurance company and report the accident right after it happens.
  4. Seek Medical Attention & Keep a File
    Even if you don’t think you were injured, it is important to go to the emergency room or see your physician. Keep a file related to the accident that includes all medical records, the insurance case number and police report number, and any expenses related to the car accident (rental car, etc.).
  5. Protect Your Rights
    The most important thing to do is to call your Personal Injury lawyer. They can help guide you through the process to make sure you get the best care from medical to insurance.

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