Sometimes an ordinary day can take on a weird turn when you’re suddenly involved in an unwanted auto accident. At this point, every second counts as the clock ticks away and your every move has to be calculated in order to save not only your life, but others’ as well.
In this article, we will be breaking down the step-by-step process on what you should do on the scene of an auto accident:
Right After the Accident
Assess your situation
You might still be in a state of shock but it’s very important to gather yourself so you can think more cohesively on the best things to do right after the accident. Here are some important questions that you can ask yourself:
- Am I hurt anywhere?
- Am I bleeding?
- Are my companions okay?
- Where’s my phone
Move somewhere safer
Right after the accident, it is best to move to a much safer place where your car won’t obstruct traffic. If you cannot seem to do this yourself because of the extremity of the impact, then ask someone to help you. However, never leave the scene of the accident.
The medical team can help address your injuries while the police can help you investigate the scene and file a proper report. The police will be give you instructions and it’s very important that you follow them.
Call your insurance company
Your assigned agent will know what to do and can process the needed papers right away. They will also encourage you to get your car towed and take note of the location where your car is taken.
Gathering Initial Information
This is the part wherein everyone in authority will remind you that anything you say or do can be used against you. However, these are some of the safer things that you can do:
- Stay calm and polite, but do not admit that it’s your fault
- Note down the name of the driver and their car insurance information
- Ask for the names and contact information of the witnesses during the accident
Only provide the other driver with:
- Your vehicle’s model, year, color, VIN
- Your insurance company (including your agent’s name and number, and the policy number)
What you shouldn’t do:
- Never allow your license and registration to be photographed by the other driver
- Never provide your address and contact number to the other driver. Should they want to contact you, they will have to go through your insurance company.
During and After the Investigation
- Ask for a copy of the accident reports filed by the police in order to aid you in settling your claim
- Write down the names of the investigators and police officers
- Keep all the receipts from repair costs and medical bills to aid you in your claim.
By following these guidelines, you should be protected by your insurance and from any unwarranted legal cases against you. Always remember to stay safe and informed. If you need professional help, seek help from a lawyer who’s had experience in auto accidents like the ones here.
So Sassy Peeps, what did you do at the scene of an auto accident? Inquiring minds want to know!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adeline Robinson is one of most promising young law writers. She writes pieces on law topics for common readers. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching games if she has free time.