What to do in the aftermath of a auto accident

After a car or motorcycle accident occurs, a lot of commotion typically results as passerby, police, ambulances and/or tow trucks arrive on the scene. At first, you may not know what to do. You might also feel confused or frightened. These are normal feelings, but it’s important to try to not to panic and be sure to remain on the scene of the accident. Next, take the following steps to protect yourself and other people involved in the accident.

Seek medical help

If anyone is visibly injured, you should call an ambulance immediately. Depending on the nature of the crash, someone could be seriously hurt and it’s important they receive treatment as soon as possible. If there are no noticeable injuries, it’s still a good idea to get yourself and/or your loved ones checked out by a health professional in the hours after the accident to make sure there are no unseen injuries present.

Document the accident and any injuries

It’s customary to exchange information with the other driver. This includes names, phone numbers, insurance information, license plate identification and vehicle make and model. Other things you’ll want to do is:

  • Take photos of the car, road/weather conditions and of any injuries you or one of your passengers received as a result of the crash
  • Note down as many details as you can to capture the specifics related to the accident.
  • Ask any witnesses present if they are willing to give you their contact information in case more information is needed.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report and any other reports/diagrams/notes/statements that were officially taken in the aftermath of the accident.

Sometimes injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, or emotional distress, may not appear until a later time. In the days and weeks following the accident, be sure to track any medical treatment, including mental health, and keep records of any diagnosis given by a medical professional.

Don’t admit fault

Even if you think you might have caused the crash, do not admit fault until you speak to an attorney because there may be circumstances associated with the accident you are not aware of. Your lawyer can ascertain the facts and then advise you on how you should proceed.

Contact a car accident attorney

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence in the U.S.  Many crashes are due to negligent acts such as DUI, reckless driving, texting and driving, or other forms of distracted driving. If you are a victim in a car crash caused by someone else, you have rights. By contacting a knowledgeable lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury, you take a good step towards protecting yourself and your loved ones. To learn more about your options, call us today for a consultation.