The panic has set in. You have just been in a motor vehicle accident. A shattered window sprayed glass onto you, and you feel the warmth of the blood trickle from your forehead. Other than that, you seem OK. But you never know because delayed injury symptoms can surface.
For now, you must take action by taking come significant steps after a car accident. Doing so is crucial for your safety and protection. If injured, you need to go to a hospital. And if the accident was caused by the negligence of the other driver, you must protect yourself.
Get medical help, take photos, find witnesses
Among the immediate steps to take after a motor vehicle accident include:
- Call for an ambulance and law enforcement: If injuries have occurred to either you, your passengers or occupants of the other vehicle, call 911 and seek emergency assistance. On top of that, you want police on the scene to investigate.
- Exchange necessary information with the other driver: Talk to the other driver to secure their name and address, contact information, information on vehicle insurance providers and license plate number. And provide the same information to him or her.
- Take photos of the damage to the vehicles as well as the accident scene: If you have a smartphone with a camera, you can conveniently do this. And make sure to take images of the other vehicle’s license plate.
- Seek any witnesses: Obtain their names, contact information and statements. Their accounts can help you if you wind up taking legal action against the other driver.
- Write down or record everything about the accident: You must document this information. At the scene, you may be able to do so by recording a voice memo via an app on your smartphone. And when you get home, write down everything you remember about the accident, including the other driver’s demeanor and actions.
A couple of other crucial steps include contacting your insurance company to let your agent know about the accident and retaining all medical records if treated for injuries.
Serious injuries may occur in seemingly routine accidents. Do not take any chances. Factors in an accident may include certain things such as road conditions and negligence of the other driver. Make sure to protect yourself.