How to Respond After a Car Accident
Statistics reveal that over six million accidents occur in the United States each year. While many of these accidents only involve property damage, some also involve serious injuries. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you likely feel overwhelmed and confused about how to respond to the damage and injuries that result.
Never Drive Away without Stopping
It is imperative that drivers stop after a motor vehicle accident to make sure that no one is seriously injured. Fleeing the scene of the accident will likely result in a person facing additional charges.
Protect the Scene of the Accident
Each year, a number of pileup accidents occur because motorists fail to properly mark off the scene of a collision. By setting up flares or using flashers, you can make sure that other motorists who pass by can do so with caution.
Contact Law Enforcement
Even if there are no serious injuries that result from a car accident, it is still a wise idea to contact law enforcement. A police report can be helpful in pursuing a claim against an insurance company. After law enforcement arrives, you should make sure to disclose to the best of your recollection how the accident occurred. Do not claim that you are not injured, but instead reply that you are not sure.
Preserve the Evidence
If it is possible to do so, you should write down your recollection of how the accident occurred as well as take photographs of the accident site using your phone. If you are left with physical injuries following the accident, you should also make sure to photograph any visible damage.
Exchange Information With the Other Driver
Even if law enforcement offers to do so, you should make sure to record the name, address, and phone number of anyone else involved in the accident as well as any witnesses who saw the accident occur. It is also critical to write down the insurance information for every driver that was involved in the accident.
Obtain Medical Care
Many times, physical injuries caused by a car accident are not immediately apparent. Instead, many people only begin to experience discomfort a day or two following the accident. Unless you are absolutely positive that there was no way you were injured, it is important to seek medical care at your local emergency room or by consulting with your family doctor.
Speak with an Experienced Accident Attorney
Car accidents can occur in a number of ways and have the potential to result in substantial property damage and serious injuries. If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced accident attorney. Contact Ferrara & Gable today to schedule a free initial consultation.