What To Do After a Car Accident

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019

We all strive to be as safe of a driver as we can possibly be, however, it is impossible to ever be completely safe on the road. If you have a long daily commute, or if you drive frequently throughout the day, odds are high that at some point, you will either witness or (unintentionally, of course) participate in a motor vehicle collision.

Information and articles about how to drive safely and prevent car collisions are important. However, it is also important that as a driver or passenger, you know what to do after an inevitable car accident. The difference between reactions to a car accident can be the difference between life or death, injury or safety, and compensation or deprivation.

While I am a lucky driver and certainly not an experienced expert regarding what should be done after a car accident, I have done extensive research on the matter. In this article, I will discuss important steps to take after a car accident in order to be healthy and potentially pursue legal action against a negligent driver:

According to the website of Portner Bond, PLLC, a law firm that frequently advocates on behalf of car accident personal injury victims, one of the first things to do after a car accident is remain on the scene. If you try to flee the site, for any reason, it can be perceived as criminal by emergency officials or authorities responding to the crash. Stay near your car and wait for authorities unless you must assist another person in an emergency.

Some other miscellaneous things to do that could or could not pertain to your specific collision include:

  • Call the authorities if another person has not already done so; ask if they have, do not assume
  • Check function and health of limbs, extremities
  • Verify the safety of passengers in crashed vehicles
  • Ask bystander witnesses for contact information, might be important for later litigation or investigations

In addition to these helpful tips, it is also important to document as much as possible about the collision. This means that you should take pictures or videos of the collision site, the damage done to all of the vehicles involved, the weather conditions at the time of the accident, as well as the quality and appearance of the road.

While blurting out, “Sorry” will not indicate that you have the full legal liability for the crash, it is still in your best interest to not be overly apologetic to the other person involved in the crash. Your comments could be used in future litigation to indicate that you perceived the accident to be your fault — and you probably do not want that!

Another suggestion for an action to take after a car accident is to call a lawyer as soon as you can. Of course, your health and safety are important and you shouldn’t prioritize discussing your case over getting cuts and injuries taken care of. However, an attorney with experience in handling car accident personal injury cases is a valuable asset.

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