Unfortunately, car accidents are extremely common in the United States. Almost everyone is involved in a minor collision at least once in their lives. While drivers tend to have a good understanding of how to drive safely to reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident, not all drivers know how to react effectively if they are involved in a collision.
The following article is an overview of the first steps that you should take if you do become involved in a car accident, or if you witness a car accident. Acting quickly and responsibly could save the lives of other people involved. Additionally, you may help to preserve evidence and ensure that you gain the damages that you deserve.
Stop the car and call the police
If you were involved in a minor collision and your car is still drivable, it’s important that you still pull over as soon as you can and call the police. You should remember that it is illegal to flee the scene of an accident if you were involved. You should stay at the scene to ensure everyone involved is safe. Make sure that you turn on your road flares and reflectors if you have them.
Seek medical attention if necessary
If you or other passengers have injuries, make sure that medical attention is sought as a priority. Even if you feel well, you may want to see your doctor for a check-up, because some serious head injuries can have a delayed onset.
Document the evidence
If you are not injured, you should try to gather as much photographic evidence as you can. Take photos from many different angles so that the accident can be properly analyzed. You should also take photos of any bruises or cuts that were caused by the collision.
Report the accident to your insurance provider
Make sure that you report the accident to your insurance provider as soon as possible. They should be able to help you get the damages that you deserve.
If you have been involved in a car accident, it’s important to understand your legal rights to damages, and ensure that fault is correctly attributed.