You are sure to be shaken up if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Even so, you need to take a deep breath and make sure you are taking the appropriate steps.
Note: if you are injured, there is nothing more important than receiving immediate medical attention. Call 911 or the police for assistance. If you are unable to do so, have somebody else make the call for you.
Here are a few other things you should do in the aftermath of an accident:
- Stay calm. It is easy to get worked up. It is easy to fight with other drivers, especially if somebody else was responsible for the accident. Don’t do this. Instead, remain calm and wait for police to arrive.
- If possible, move your car out of traffic. If not possible, such as due to an injury, don’t attempt to do this.
- Contact your insurance company. When you do this depends on the type of accident. If it was a minor fender bender, you won’t wait long to call your agent. If you were injured and being treated, however, you will not have time to do this just yet.
Now is the time to prepare for a car accident. It is your hope that you never find yourself in this situation, but every time you get behind the wheel there is a chance of being involved in an accident with another vehicle.
If you find yourself in this situation, follow the above advice. This will make things a bit easier on you during this difficult time. From there, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about your legal rights.