3 Things You Need to do After A Car Accident
No one wants to get into a car accident, but it’s important to prepare yourself for anything that happens. Your actions during or after a significant event can impact the legal actions you might want to take, especially if you want to cover any damages or injuries that occurred.
Of course, the first thing that you should do after a car accident is to seek medical help. But if you got into a minor car accident and you haven’t been seriously injured, you may want to preserve evidence that your vehicle was significantly damaged. This will help support the retelling of the accident to your insurance company, as it will prove that it happened as you described it.
Here are the things you need to do right after a car accident:
- Immediately Call the Police
While it’s important to call emergency services, like an ambulance, in case of an accident, the immediate thing to do is to contact law enforcement. This is so an authority can survey the scene, take the involved parties’ statements, and interview witnesses and passers-by in an official capacity. This will be used to file an accident report, which will be very important for filing insurance claims or for taking the incident to court, as these will contain details deemed official. It will also contain pertinent information, such as the weather, road conditions, and if there were any infractions of the law.
- Take Photos of the Scene
Remember to do this only if you are physically able. Taking photos of the accident will serve as documentation of its circumstances, which will be instrumental in supporting your case. It will show all kinds of important details, like which side of the road you were driving on, what angle you were hit, the damages to your car, and any surrounding debris. You can also use these photos to highlight the point of impact and which car was responsible for this.
- Talk to Involved Parties and Bystanders
The last thing you’ll need to do is to talk to the other driver involved in the accident. You’ll have to get their information, like their name, license number, and the model and plate number of their vehicle. Remember that they’ll ask you for the same details, so be sure to provide it. It’ll be much easier to settle damages from the incident when the other party is contactable, and even more so if they admit to being responsible for the accident.
It will also be helpful for you to talk to other people who were present at the scene, as they may have witnessed the accident. Getting their contact details will be useful, as your attorney can reach out to them for more information that will help you in your case. There are a lot of things that the witnesses might have seen that would be crucial in your testimony.
Look for buildings surrounding the scene that may have security cameras. This could strengthen your case because it’s video footage of your accident.
It can be hard to think straight right after a car accident, so it might help to write this down on your phone or on a note to leave in your car. However, it’s crucial to collect as much evidence of the scene as possible so you can have an airtight defense.
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