On average, around 2.35 million people in the US are injured in car accidents each year.
If you’ve never had a car accident before, you may worry about what you should do if one ever does affect you. You may want to learn this information in advance so that you’re not caught off guard.
Below you’ll learn what you need to do when you have your first car accident. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll know how to react should the worst happen.
Get an Accurate Record of What Took Place
Upon a car accident taking place, you need to do everything you can to develop an accurate record of the event.
If you have some dashcam footage, make sure you save it in a safe place. You may even want to create multiple copies of the footage.
You might also want to get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the car accident. These people can help back up any of the statements you might make, should you later seek compensation.
If police were called to the scene, ask them to provide you with a copy of their report. This might cost you, but it’s worth it as the report can offer a professional, impartial opinion on the details of the accident.
It’s also vital you get an accurate overview of what happened to your body, as a result of the accident.
After a car accident, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will be able to verify your injuries and the impact these conditions will have on your life.
Get the Details of the Other Driver
You need to make sure you get the details of the other driver so you can contact them at a later date.
At the very least you want their name and phone number.
But you’ll also want to get the name of their insurance company and perhaps even the policy number. It’s also essential you note down their license number.
Should You Seek Compensation?
If you’re confident the accident occurred due to no fault of your own, you may want to make a personal injury claim.
The first step in this process is to find a car accident attorney.
If you perform a quick Google search, you should be able to find one in your local area. If you want to keep the ‘upfront’ costs low, you may want to find someone that’ll work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.
Be sure to give the attorney all the information you have concerning the car accident. This’ll make it easier for them to create a case that convinces the other party, or a jury that none of this was your fault.
Are You Prepared for Your First Car Accident?
With the help of the tips in this post, you should understand how to deal with your first car accident.
If an accident takes place due to no fault of your own, then you can claim compensation. To improve the odds of you winning your case, you need to make sure you collect as much information as possible.
Nobody wants to entertain the possibility of a car accident. But if you take the time to prepare a plan, you can make things easier on yourself should one affect you.
Want some tips on how you can prevent a road traffic accident? Check out this post for some tips.