Being involved in a car accident is unfortunate. Few of us can prepare for the trauma of an accident of any kind. It’s worse when an injury is involved, or if you have passengers in the vehicle. You’re likely confused, stressed, and exhausted – but you’re not alone. Following a car accident, you do have options. Of course, keeping a cool head and acting appropriately is better than losing your cool. With that in mind, here are five things to do after a car accident. And at the end, consider hiring a car accident attorney.
Remain Where You Are
In the heat of the moment, many drivers today will simply drive away from the scene of an accident. Sometimes it’s not malicious – they are simply confused and unsure of how to conduct themselves after a car accident.
Whatever you do, do not leave the scene of the accident. Do not turn off your flashers. It is okay, however, to pull your vehicle to the side of the road. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you and the other involved vehicle move to the side to avoid blocking traffic.
If the accident was traumatic enough to cause injuries, take a moment to assess your situation. If you have visible injuries, be wary. Of course, you cannot see internal injuries. Either way, take your next few actions slowly. Do not overexert yourself.
If you do happen to have injuries, be sure to let the emergency services personnel who arrive know that immediately. You may also let the 9-1-1 operator know, too.
Call the Police
When you have an opportunity, report the accident to the police or emergency services. You want to provide an accurate report of the incident. This is the time to take pictures and document the scene and your injuries, too. Both of these actions will help with the police report, and when it comes time to file with the insurance company.
Always wait for the police to arrive. Do not leave the scene until you are given the “okay” from an officer.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you cannot see visible injuries, seek medical attention. As mentioned previously, you may have internal injuries, including bleeding. An official report from a medical practitioner will help your insurance claim, too.
If possible, either make an appointment with your general practitioner or visit an emergency services clinic. Either one will assess your condition and provide treatment, should you be injured in any manner.
Consult a Car Accident Attorney
Finally, speak with an experienced car accident attorney. You’ll want to bring a copy of your medical records, photographic proof of the accident, and the police report to your consultation. Show these documents to your attorney. In doing so, you ensure you’ll have a fighting chance should the case be brought to court. Otherwise, your car accident attorney will fight on your behalf for insurance purposes.
You deserve compensation for your injuries!