Car accidents can cause someone to suffer a severe injury with lifelong consequences in a matter of moments. Pursuing a fair compensation that reflects the current and future costs of your damage is difficult, but the actions you take after an accident can help dramatically.
The summer season has developed a notorious reputation for having the 100 deadliest days of summer, due to years of a consistent increase in car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. When the roads are more dangerous, it pays to know what five things you can do after an accident.
Get to safety
Before doing anything else, make sure that everyone is safe. If medical assistance is necessary, call 911 immediately. Do not stay near the accident if gas is leaking from a vehicle, or if smoke or flames are coming from a car.
Call the police
Even in minor accidents, a police report can help establish what happened in the accident. This report can be a valuable asset in holding the at-fault party liable for your injuries.
Gather the license and insurance information of the other driver, including their full name, address, and contact information. If there was anyone who witnessed the accident, record their testimony, and contact information while you still can.
Record the scene
Take plenty of pictures and videos of the accident. Make sure you get shots from different angles and record any injuries or property damage. Doing this will help you confirm the accident’s immediate consequences to insurance companies and courtrooms, if necessary.
Call an attorney
The sooner you speak with an attorney about your accident, the more you can defend yourself. Lawyers know how to avoid severe mistakes that can deny you valuable compensation, and they can also act on your behalf during negotiations for fair compensation.
Your health comes first after an accident. Make sure you do everything in your power to complete these tasks to defend your best interests safely.