When you drive your car, you are putting your life at risk. There are so many factors that can go wrong while you drive your car that it’s surprising how most of us manage to get from A to B without getting into a car accident every day.
However, like it or not, accidents happen, and when they do, they can be highly stressful and nerve-wracking. The key after an accident is what to do next. With the help of this post, we will let you know exactly what to do after a car accident.
Check For Injuries
The first thing you should do is check for injuries. If you or anyone else suffers bodily injuries in an accident, it is a good idea to get them checked out as soon as possible. You don’t know how serious the injuries are, and they could worsen if you don’t take them care of.
If you have a health insurance policy, you can use it to cover any medical expenses. However, you may have to pay out of pocket if you don’t. That is why it is vital to check whether anyone has injuries right after the accident.
After you have checked for injuries, you should exchange information with the other party involved in the accident. You can do this while you are still at the scene of the accident or exchange insurance information by phone later.
The information you need to exchange includes the other party’s name, address, and telephone number (and any other numbers like a doctor’s number if the person is hurt); the other party’s insurance company and policy number; the other party’s driver’s license number; the other party’s vehicle make, model, color, and vehicle identification number (VIN); and the other party’s date of birth.
If an accident causes injuries, fatalities, or property damage, you must report it to the police. For property damage accidents, you may wonder why you would need to report it when the damage is insignificant.
Even minor accidents that cause property damage can lead to lawsuits that cost you a lot of money. For accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities, if you don’t report it, you could be charged with a crime. If you are at fault for the accident, you will likely be liable for the other party’s medical bills and other damages. If an injury or fatality occurs, you will be responsible for paying for the victim’s medical bills and other expenses.
Record The Scene
After you have exchanged information with the other party and reported the accident to the police, you should record the scene of the accident. You can do this with your phone or any other recording device. If you have been in a car accident and are unsure what to do, one of the best things you can do is take photos of the accident scene.
You should take several photos from different angles to record a complete scene. You can also gather necessary evidence, like the skid marks left behind and pieces of broken glass and other debris.
Contact a Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If the other party was at fault for the accident, you might be able to file a lawsuit against them. A lawyer can provide you with advice on your case and let you know if you have a strong case.
If a defect in the car caused the accident, you might be able to collect money from the manufacturer under the federal law known as the recall law. This will depend on the vehicle’s make and model and the defect type.