Being Prepared for an Accident and What to Get and Ask For.
A car wreck can be a scary thing even for the most seasoned of drivers. Even if you are incredibly careful in your driving, accidents are sometimes unavoidable. Other than safe driving, the best thing you can do for yourself is to be prepared for when you do get in an accident. Specifically, you need to know what it is you should get and ask for when an accident occurs.
1) If You’re in Accident Get Somewhere Safe
After an accident occurs the first thing to do is evaluate yourself and determine if any sort of serious injury has occurred. Sometimes the shock of an accident can blind us to a serious injury. Take the time to look around and make sure you are okay. After that, exit the vehicle only if you can do so safely. Sometimes accidents occur on a major highway with congested and high speed traffic. Look in all directions before exiting your vehicle. If you can’t exit safely call 911 and wait for help to arrive. After this you should check to make sure the other drivers involved are okay and then, if possible, move your vehicle or at least yourself to a safer location.
2) Call 911 and Gather Information
Even if the accident is minor and no one is hurt in the car accident it is still a good idea to go ahead and call 911. The police will be happy to assist with the car wreck and to make sure that everyone is safe. How the police respond or what they do will vary from city to city, but many departments will take pictures of the car wreck and document what happened. Whether the police do this or not, it’s a good idea for you to take your own pictures. Often times you are going to want to consult a lawyer after an accident, so it’s a good idea to have all your ducks in a row. First you want to get information from the driver. You should ask to see their driver’s license, insurance and registration for the car if they have it. Make sure to take down their name and DL number. Write down all of their insurance information. Make sure it is up to date and not expired. If the insurance is expired, let the police know. After this, you should take as many pictures as possible, video as well if you can. Take pictures of your car and any other cars involved. You should also take pictures of the road where the accident happened. Note and take pictures of anything that could have contributed to the accident such as debris in the road. Next, look around and see if you see any witnesses that might have seen the accident and get their name and contact information. Finally, be sure to get the name and badge number of any police officers involved so that you can contact them later.
3. Call a Lawyer
Even if you don’t think you need one, it is still a good idea to consult with an attorney after a car accident. Many times a qualified lawyer can find ways to get you the money you deserve in ways you could not have imagined. Also, you should keep in mind that the insurance adjusters number one job is to give out the least amount of money as possible. An attorney will help to fight for what you deserve for any medical costs and for damage to your vehicle. This is why it is so important to get and ask for anything you need immediately after the accident. Since once you leave the scene, there is no way to recreate it.