22 May

Steps to Take After an Accident

Posted by on May 22, 2012

After an accident, it’s important to remain as calm as possible. First, check for injuries; if you’re unsure of your own health or the health of other people involved in the accident, it is best to contact emergency services. Turn on your vehicles hazard lights in addition to using reflective cones or road flares to alert other traffic of disabled vehicles. If the accident is minor and all vehicles involved are operational, move the vehicles to a safe place, out of traffic. Contact the police department, even if the accident is minor and notify your insurance agent.

While it may be tempting to discuss the incident with other parties involved to clarify what happened or solidify details of the accident, it’s imperative to keep the discussion of the accident and facts to police, insurance agents, and legal personnel. Take notes of the events leading up to the accident and about the scene of the accident for your memory, and if possible take pictures with a digital camera or cell phone documenting the accident. Get contact information for the other driver’s involved as well as any applicable witnesses. It’s also recommended to not leave the scene of the accident prior to the police and other drivers.

In instances where an accident results in serious injury or death of one or more of the parties involved it is also important to seek legal counsel immediately after the accident. Car accident lawyers offer legal representation that will communicate and work with insurance companies to seek monetary compensation that will commiserate with the level of damage and injury that resulted from the accident.

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