It is that time of the year again when kids are back in school and the relaxing long days of summer are replaced with the normal hustle and bustle of the fall schedule. It isn’t uncommon to see car accidents increase with the start of school. Why is that? With more drivers on the road during the early morning, it is inevitable. People may not be adjusted to the early schedule and suffer more sleep deprivation than normal. Here is how to handle a back to school car accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident while you are on the road, pull off to a safe location. If you are on school grounds, pull to an empty area of a parking lot. Make sure you are uninjured and then approach the other driver. If you have suffered injuries, call for immediate medical assistance.
Make sure to take a picture of the driver’s ID, insurance card, and the damage to both cars. Ask for contact information and seek out any witnesses. If your accident happened while at a school, contact the school and report the incident. They may have camera footage that you can request a copy of.
Talk to an Attorney
The most important part of handling any car accident is to speak with your attorney as soon as possible Insurance companies don’t have your best interest at heart when settling a claim. They may offer way less than your case is worth. Don’t sign anything the insurance company sends you without having it looked by your car accident lawyer. Once you have signed any agreement, it is practically impossible to negate it.