Car accidents can be stressful and overwhelming experiences. Even if it’s a minor fender bender, handling the situation correctly is crucial. Knowing what to do after a car accident can make all the difference, both in terms of your safety and your legal rights. This blog will discuss the steps you should take after a car accident and the mistakes you should avoid.
6 Things to Do After a Car Accident
If you’re involved in an accident, try to make sure to do the following things:
- Check for injuries—The first thing to do after a car accident is to check yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, call for emergency medical services right away.
- Move to a safe place—If the accident is minor, move your car to the side of the road or a safe location away from traffic. If the accident is severe, don’t move your car and wait for help.
- Call the police—Regardless of the accident’s severity, call the police and file a report. The police report will be helpful when filing an insurance claim.
- Exchange information—Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver involved in the accident. Make sure to write down their name, phone number and insurance information.
- Document the accident—Take pictures of the accident scene, including any damage to the vehicles involved and injuries you or the other driver sustained.
- Contact your insurance company—Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and report the accident. Provide them with all the information you gathered, including the police report and pictures.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident
Keep the following list of common post-accident mistakes to avoid:
- Leaving the scene of the accident—It is illegal to leave the scene without exchanging information or reporting it to the police.
- Admitting fault—Do not admit fault, even if you think you were responsible for the accident. Let the insurance companies and the police determine who was at fault.
- Failing to document the accident—Take photos of the damage to both vehicles, the license plates and any injuries. Also, note the location, date and time of the accident.
- Not seeking medical attention—Some injuries may not be immediately apparent even if you feel fine. Seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that you are okay.
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Being involved in a car accident can be stressful and overwhelming. But you can protect your safety and legal rights by taking the proper steps and avoiding common mistakes. Remember to stay calm, exchange information, document the accident and seek medical attention if necessary. Call your Ed Weeren Insurance Agency agent to begin the claims process.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.