Injured? Here’s What You Should do After a Car Accident

Over 13 million cars accidents occur each year around the world. Most of them result in only property damage. But one in three result in personal injury to the driver and passengers and two in every 10 accidents result in fatalities.

If you are involved in a car accidents whether you’re injured or not, there are several things you can do right away to protect yourself and your interests. The following 7 are a good place to start.

Don’t drive away

Never leave the scene of the accident even if the accident is a minor one. If you can, protect the scene to prevent further accidents. You can set up flares or just keep your flashers on. If it’s dark and your lights don’t work, keep a flashlight on to keep you safe as you wait in the car or by the side of the road.

Protect your rights

Finally, the most important thing you should do after an accident is speak to a car accident attorney. The attorney can help by protecting your rights and making sure valuable evidence is not destroyed. Insurance companies will typically want you to make statements immediately after an accident. It is however, very important that you have legal advice before making any statements. Your attorney should provide legal advice on how to get full compensation or how to get the best medical treatment available.

Call the police

You may need to file a police report to claim with your insurance provider. So, even if your injuries are not too serious, call the police. A car that has been involved in an accident should remain where it is unless it interferes with traffic. The police will offer assistance, both medical and otherwise.

Give an accurate account

Once the police have arrived, tell them exactly what happened. If for some reason, you don’t know the facts, tell the police that. Do not speculate or distort the facts in any way. Injuries suffered from a car crash may manifest hours later. So, when asked if you are injured and you’re not sure, say so instead of saying no.

Take pictures

If you have a camera or your cellphone has a camera, photograph the visible damage to the vehicle. You should also photograph your injuries. This photographic evidence may come in handy later.

Exchange information

The police will usually collect information from all involved in an accident. But if they don’t respond, obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all those involved in the accident. If there are witnesses, you should get their information as well so that you or your attorney can contact them later. If police respond to the accident, make sure you get the police report number.

Let your insurance company know

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Many insurance companies require immediate reporting. Also, find out if there are any medical benefits as part of your coverage. If there are, you may be required to submit any accident-related medical bills.


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