1. Safely Move Away from the Flow of Traffic
If your car is still drivable, pull over to the side of the road. If your car is not drivable, get out of your vehicle and stand away from traffic. Never leave the accident scene until it is appropriate to do so.
2. Call the Police
Even if there are no serious injuries, it’s a good idea to call the police to get an unbiased report of the accident. The police report can be especially helpful in determining liability for your injury claim.
3. Gather Evidence
Exchange information with all parties involved. Get their name, address, phone number, insurance, and vehicle information. If there are any passengers or witnesses, get their information as well. Take pictures of all cars involved in the accident. Get photos from different angles if necessary. The more evidence, the better. Also, be sure to take pictures of any injuries at the time of the accident.
4. Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor immediately. If you are severely injured, call an ambulance. Although you may feel fine or think your injuries aren’t severe, pain can often appear days after the accident. Getting medical attention quickly isn’t just the best thing for your health; it also strengthens your personal injury claim. If you wait several days or weeks after the accident to seek medical attention, it will be harder to prove that your injuries were the result of the car accident.
5. Protect Your Rights
The most important thing you should do after an accident is consult an experienced personal injury attorney. Often, insurance companies will try to negotiate an unfair settlement too early or trap you with recorded statements. At Chris and Frank, our attorneys can advise you on getting the best medical treatment available and make sure that you get compensated for all of your injuries. We will fight to get a fair settlement from the insurance companies. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis; this means there is no legal fee unless we recover for your injuries. Contact us for a free consultation today.