Do You Know What to Do When You Get in a Car Accident?Trusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. May 26, 2014
No one expects to be in serious car accident, studies have shown that the chances are that most people will be involved in at least one motor vehicle accident at some point in their lives.
Knowing what to do when you get in a car accident ahead of time can make a huge difference when it comes to handling the event responsibly while protecting your rights. Below we examine some of the most important things to bear in mind in the immediate aftermath of an accident.
Determine the Extent of Damage and Injuries
The most important thing to do immediately after an accident has taken place is to find out whether anyone at the scene of the accident has been seriously injured. Stay calm, and call for emergency assistance if necessary.
Report the Accident to the Police
Even if no one seems to be seriously injured at the scene of the accident, it’s still a good idea to report the incident to the police. Remember, the symptoms of some injuries may not be apparent in the immediate aftermath of an accident, and having an accurate police report on hand may be very important in the event that you need to file an injury claim.
Gather as Much Information as Possible
It’s important to document your accident to the best of your ability while you are still at the scene. Be sure to gather contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. If you have a camera, take pictures of any damage as well as any contributing factors that may have played a role in the collision.
Avoid Making Agreements or Admitting Guilt
While it’s important to remain civil at the scene of a car accident, don’t make any agreements with anyone else involved in the collision. Do not admit guilt for the accident, even if you suspect that you may have been somewhat responsible.
Remember, people who seem to be amenable in the immediate aftermath of an accident may behave very differently after some time has passed.
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