You wake up with a start, realizing you’re a full 15 minutes late for work. In a rush, you grab your things, run out the door and begin your morning commute. However, while you were waiting at a red light this morning, a gentleman was texting and driving and careened into the back of your car before he could realize the light had not changed. You are a little shaken up, but think you are all in one piece. What do you do now?
Unfortunately, many people every year go through this harrowing car accident experience while simply going about their business. It’s vital to know what to do if you or a loved one are ever in this scary situation.
Here are some tips on what to do after a car accident:
- Do not panic: Ensure that you are safely out of traffic and call 911 immediately to report the accident and any injuries you, your passengers or any other motorists may have sustained. After reporting the accident, be sure to also contact your insurance company.
- Take photos: Documentation can be vital when seeking compensation on damages to your vehicle, as well as future punitive damages. Use your cell phone or a digital camera to capture the crash scene and any dents, scratches or other damage that was sustained in the accident, while remaining safely out of traffic. Note that you should remain a safe distance from your vehicle if it is smoking or appears to be leaking oil or gasoline.
- Contact a lawyer: Every case is different, but reaching out to experts in car accident liability and personal injury cases means that you are speaking to someone with the experience and know-how to figure out if you have a valid case. Medical bills, lost wages and more should all be taken into consideration when putting together a case. A good lawyer will leave no stone unturned when it comes to winning you the claims you deserve.
In short, you can never be completely ready to face a car accident. However, if you’re know what to do after a car accident, you are that much closer to a speedy financial and health recovery. Follow safe practices, such as wearing your seat belt, and always stay vigilant while on the road.
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