What To Do If You Are In A Car Accident
Stay Calm: Do not argue and only state the facts.
Call 911 for medical assistance and law enforcement.
If there are injuries provide aid but do not move anyone unless you have medical or lifesaving expertise. Upon the arrival of law enforcement get the officers information.
If there are no serious injuries try to move the vehicles to the side of the road out of the way of oncoming traffic. If a vehicle cannot be moved, or there are serious injuries, turn on the hazardous signals. Be sure to turn off your engine.
Exchange information from the other driver including Name, Address, Phone Number, Drivers License and Insurance Information. If the driver’s name is not the name on the insurance card write down the relationship between the driver and the insured. Tip: Use your cell phone to take pictures of the drivers license, insurance card and license plate.
Document And Take Photos of the Accident:
Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene & damage to all the vehicles involved. Also, take pictures of any of the injuries sustained. If there are any witnesses get their contact information. Take detailed notes about the accident.
File An Accident Report:
In many locations, law enforcement may not respond. You should always file an accident report which is available at a police station and often downloadable from the DMV website. In some states, it is the law to file a report.
Contact Auto Injury Professionals:
- Call your insurance company to report the accident.
- Schedule a consultation with a health care provider that specializes in injuries from car crashes. Chiropractors are great at providing treatment after auto injuries but find one with advanced training in diagnosing and treating injuries related to car crashes. Not all health care professionals are trained to detect, diagnose and treat injuries from low and high-speed traumas.
- Have your vehicle inspected and repaired by a respected auto body shop. Go Local!
Following these tips will help you effectively recover from damages related to a car crash.
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