No one ever expects to experience a car accident. However, regardless of how much we want or don’t want to be in an accident, some things are out of our hands. The good news is, accidents don’t happen often. On the other hand, that presents another issue. Because accidents don’t happen often, we as drivers don’t have much experience dealing with them. So today, we’re going to share a few tips for what you should do after a car accident. So, if you find yourself in the midst of a fender bender, you’ll be prepared.
What To Do After A Car Accident
Check For Injuries – Before anything else, your focus should be on those involved in the accident; including yourself. Check with all of the passengers in your vehicle to make sure that everyone is coherent. Do the same with the other vehicle. This way, when you call 911, you will be able to tell the operator if anyone sustained any injuries.
Call 911 – No matter how minor, or how severe the accident is, it’s important to call 911 and file a report; even if no one was injured. There are a few reasons for this; all revolving around written documentation. First and foremost, your insurance provider is going to want to see the police report to determine fault and other factors associated with any road accident claim (If you’re not sure how to file a claim or what to do once you do, check out this road accident claims advice). Beyond what your insurance may want, a police report will protect your rights and financial stability. After car accidents one party may decide to take the other party to court. If this was to happen, a police report will help you defend yourself throughout the legal process.
Consider Speaking With An Attorney – If there’s only minor damage to your car, speaking to an attorney may not be necessary. However, if there are any injuries at all, it is going to be incredibly important to get in touch with a personal injury attorney. The reality is, the insurance companies want to settle for as little as possible. So, they may coerce you into taking less than what you deserve for long term medical costs, time off of work, and more. An attorney on the other hand will be able to help you calculate the long term costs of the accident, how much money you should be paid in lost work, and more! So, if you’ve got injuries, finding an attorney to help is going to be your best bet.
Move On – Car accidents are horrible things. Unfortunately, losing a car, or simply remembering the accident can have a lasting impression. However, what’s done is done, and there’s nothing we can do to fix the past. So once everything is done and over with, it’s important to let go of the past and move on!
Car accidents are never fun and rarely easy to go through. With that said, it’s best to be prepared for one in the case of it ever happening to you. We hope this article has helped with that preparation.