Have you or a loved one ever been in a car accident and had no idea what to do afterward? It can be hard trying to find your head after such a stressful and scary thing. I’ve only ever been in a little fender bender myself, but I was still terrified to even go near cars for two weeks after. People often don’t realize how easily it could be them until it actually happens to them, and then they don’t know what to do.
Below Are Just a Few Things to Do If You Are Ever Involved in a Car Accident:
Get somewhere safe if possible. Once you get out of your vehicle, try to stay away from it and any other oncoming traffic. Check yourself and any passengers for injuries, and then call 911 immediately to report the accident and possibly get an ambulance to the scene. Be sure to follow any instructions the police give you.
The next thing you want to do is call your insurance company, and follow their instructions. Then call to have your car towed.
You also want to gather information from other drivers, passengers, and witnesses. Be polite, but do not immediately say it was your fault. Collect names and insurance information of the drivers, or their actual contact information in place of their insurance if they don’t provide it. Take names and contact information from witnesses. Be sure to protect your identity when giving out your information.
What Not to Do After an Accident?
Only state your name, your car’s make, model, year, color and VIN. The only thing other things you should provide are your insurance company’s name, your agent’s name and phone number, and your policy number. Do not, under any circumstances, let any photos be taken of your license or registration. It is crucial for your accident attorney to have the contact information of the person you will be legally pursuing for injury and damage compensation. Don’t give your address or contact information to other drivers or witnesses either.
If you have a camera or smartphone, take pictures if it’s safe, of things like damage to your car and others’ cars, license plates of cars involved, landmarks and street signs, and anything that might have contributed to the accident like plant life covering traffic signs.
If you happen to have an accident report form, fill out as many details as you can. If not, try to write down things like the time and date, what the weather and traffic were like. Also describe the accident itself, as well as any injuries to yourself and others, as well as damage to any cars involved.
After the initial incident, the next step is to find a car accident lawyer. Typically referred to as personal injury lawyers, car accident lawyers work to protect people who have been injured either physically or emotionally after car accidents.
Whats Next for Your Car Accident Lawsuit?
Technically, you could file a personal injury claim by yourself, but having an attorney will make things go a lot more smoothly. Finding the best candidate possible to represent you will give you a better chance of winning your case. They already know all the legal jargon and how things work. Insurance companies typically have entire teams of lawyers, and it can be intimidating going up against all those people who do this kind of thing for a living.
If you were severely injured in the crash and ended up footing a mile long hospital bill, or have experienced a major loss of income, hiring a car accident lawyer could be your saving grace.
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Fort Worth, TX76102