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Ten Tips To Follow If Your In A Car Accident
Nobody ever expects to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. But as we all know, car accidents do happen. So here are ten tips to follow should you be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
- Remain Calm. An accident can be shocking and disorienting. Make sure you and your passengers are ok. If not, call 911 right away.
- If possible, move your vehicle to a safe place. There is nothing more dangerous then being stopped on a road with moving traffic. The best thing to do is to move your vehicle to a nearby parking lot or shoulder of the road.
- Try and remember that a motor vehicle accident is just that, an accident. Getting angry and screaming at the other driver never helps the situation. Try and remain cordial when speaking. It’s ok to ask if other driver and their passengers are okay. But, you shouldn’t discuss the circumstances of the accident.
- Call the police. Even if there are no injuries, you should call the police to the accident scene. The police will gather information, take statements and offer medical assistance. This will protect you in the future, should the other operator become uncooperative, or worse lie about how the accident happened.
- Get witness names and contact information. Often the police take several minutes to reach the accident scene and witnesses get impatient and want to leave the scene. Try to have them wait. But take their contact information, even if they are waiting. The police are supposed to gather witness information, but it doesn’t always happen.
- Take photographs. Today, most everyone has a smart phone with a camera. Pictures of the property damage, road debris and skid marks can be invaluable should you need to prove how the accident happened in the future. You should take photographs of both cars and the area surrounding the accident. Make sure you take both close up shots and wide-angle shots.
- Seek medical attention if you have pain. Nobody ever wants to leave the scene of an accident in an ambulance. Especially if their injuries seem minor. But, often injuries from a car accident appear minor at first due to your adrenaline running high from the accident. But once your adrenaline slows again, you may be in significantly more pain then you first thought. Not to mention, head, neck and back injuries can be extremely dangerous if not treated properly.
- Report the accident to your insurance carrier as soon as possibly. Many carriers have specific deadlines for filing claims. Further, you may need claim numbers for your property damage and medical bills.
- Contact DMV to see if you are required to complete an accident report. Many States require an operator to complete an accident report in cases where there are personal injuries or significant property damage.
- Do not discuss your accident on social media platforms or post pictures on social media platforms. If your case should ever be litigated your social media posts will be subject to subpoenas.
While being involved in an accident is unexpected and shocking, thinking about it ahead of time is always beneficial. These tips will help you get through it.