If You’re Involved in a Collision
The moments leading up to, and immediately after, a car accident can leave you feeling disoriented at best. To ensure you correctly complete the right tasks after a collision, you must prepare yourself ahead of time for this possibility. You will be ready to take action after a car accident by understanding the best way to proceed – and a few things to avoid while handling the aftermath of the collision.
1. Pull Off the Roadway
If your vehicle is at all mobile after the collision, you must pull off to the far right side of the road to remain safely out of the way of oncoming vehicles. If your vehicle cannot move on its own accord, however, carefully exit the vehicle and stand clear of the roadway. Turn on your hazard lights and set up flares to alert other drivers of the disabled vehicle’s presence.
2. Check for Injuries
Check all involved parties for injuries and call for an ambulance or police presence as needed. If at all possible, do not move injured individuals and gently encourage them to stay still until help arrives.
3. Inspect the Vehicle Damage
Look over all of the involved vehicles for damage. Take pictures of the vehicles from all corners and a few close-ups of the damaged areas. Take pictures of the scene of the collision as well to help officials assess the circumstances of the accident and assign fault.
3. Exchange Information
Provide the other parties with your contact information and insurance policy numbers. Write down the same information for all of the other drivers involved in the collision. Jot down witness names and contact information as well, if available.
4. Contact Your Insurance Provider
When you return home, you should immediately contact your insurance provider to report the accident. While filing the claim, make sure to provide all of the information you gathered at the scene of the accident.
5. Never Admit Fault
Never apologize or admit fault at the scene of a collision, even if you are sure your actions caused the accident. You must allow officials to go through the process of assigning fault to ensure important facts are not overlooked.
6. Avoid Negotiation Tactics
If the other driver attempts to offer you money to avoid contacting the police or insurance, decline the offer. Going through the proper channels for compensation will ensure your medical bills, vehicle damages, and other associated expenses are covered in full.
7. Do Not Drive Away in a Panic
Make sure you are mentally and physically fit to drive before attempting to pilot your vehicle after the accident. Gather your bearings and take a few deep calming breaths before buckling up and starting your car. When you are ready to pull out into traffic, remember to double check the roadway for oncoming vehicles and other obstructions in your way.
8. Coping with Complications After a Collision
If you run into roadblock after roadblock while handling the aftermath of your auto accident, it might be time to enlist help from a personal injury attorney at Branch & Dhillon. Contact the firm today at 817-533-3430 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.