Top 10 Things To Do When You Are Involved In An Automobile Accident
Before getting started in what you should do when involved in a car accident, let’s go through a quick check list of the basic items that you should keep in your car, glove box, or on your person:
- Insurance card
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration
- Emergency contact information
- Pencil or pen
Below are 10 steps to follow if you are ever involved in a car accident:
- Remain seated in your vehicle if it is safe to do so.
- Check on your physical condition.
- Check on the physical condition of your passengers.
- Do not move your vehicle if possible.
- NEVER drive away from the scene.
2. Call 911
- Notify the police as soon as possible.
3. Gather information ( unless severely injured )
- Obtain as much information as possible from all individuals
- Phone number
- Names and addresses of any witnesses
- Vehicle information, tag, make and model, year
- Insurance information
4. Take pictures
- Take photographs of the vehicles involved.
- Photograph the scene.
- Take pictures of the surroundings.
- Write down your version of how the crash occurred.
6. When the police arrive
- Be cooperative with the officer, but DO NOT admit fault.
- DO NOT apologize.
- DO NOT accept responsibility.
7. Medical Care
- When EMS arrives tell them ALL of your injuries and all your areas of pain.
- DO NOT refuse medical care.
- Follow up medical care and treatment with the appropriate medical specialists.
8. Call YOUR insurance company
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Tell your insurance company about your injuries.
- Also, tell your insurance company about your passengers’ injuries.
- DO NOT give a recorded statement.
9. The OTHER parties insurance company
- DO NOT speak with the other party’s insurance company.
- NEVER EVER give the other insurance company a statement, recorded or non-recorded.
10. Call an Attorney
- Call an attorney who concentrates on personal injury cases.
- Protect your rights.
You might want to keep this article in your glove compartment for quick reference, should you ever be involved in an auto accident.