Unfortunately, car accidents are a fact of life. Regardless of where you
live, your chances of being involved in one during your lifetime are
astonishingly high. In America, for example, the average driver will have
at least two. Plus, of course, there is always a chance that you can be
involved in one as a passenger. So, it makes sense to know what to do
at the scene of a car crash – if you are affected, get in touch with a firm
of Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers.
Make safety a priority
The very first thing you need to do is to make sure that everyone at the
scene is OK, including yourself. If anyone needs medical attention make
that the priority.
You also need to ensure that the accident scene itself is safe. Getting
everyone to put on their hazard lights is a good idea. Sometimes using
flares and safety triangles will help too. Your aim is to reduce the
chances of other vehicles running into the scene.
Keep a record of what happened
Consider keeping a journal from the day the injury happened, logging all
relevant information henceforth. This ensures that you don’t forget and
important details and gives you a more accurate retelling (with dates and
times) if you were to take serious action down the line.
Take photos and videos
Photograph and video the scene. You cannot rely on the police doing
this for you. This excellent PDF explains how to take the photos that you
will need and shows you what a good diagram of the scene looks like.
Get the details of all who have been involved
Make a note of all of the other driver’s details. You need their full name,
address, vehicle registration, the name of their insurance company, their
policy number, and the type of coverage they have. Get the names and
contact details of any witnesses as well. Including your passengers and
those in the other vehicles.
Make a note of what you think happened
You are effectively a witness to your own accident, so get what you saw
down on paper as soon as possible. Or, if you prefer to do so make some sort of digital or audio note. But do not do this within earshot of
other people. You want to be careful not to inadvertently admit blame.
Notify the proper authorities
In many countries, you are required by law to call the police from the
scene of the accident. If you are, make sure this is done. Also, be sure
to call your insurance company within the timeframe laid out in the terms
and conditions of your policy.
Hopefully, you will not have an accident. But, if you do the above
information will help you to handle the situation properly.