Crashes happen in the United States every day. There is a chance that you could be involved in one and face the pain and frustration that comes with it.
Since it’s possible for anyone to get into a crash, it’s a good idea to know what to do if you are involved in one. Here is some information about what you should do if you’re part of a collision.
1. Render aid
When you’re in a car crash, the immediate problem isn’t finding out who was to blame. Instead, you need to be focused on helping those who have been injured. If you’re hurt and can call for help, dial 911 and make sure the police and emergency medical team are notified. If you have the chance, see how many people are injured and what kinds of injuries they have, so that you can inform the operator.
At this point, you are allowed to render aid to those who are hurt if you can. For instance, if the other driver has a laceration that’s bleeding, you can help put pressure on it while you wait for help to arrive.
2. Exchange information
If both people are not hurt or only suffered mild injuries, you may want to exchange information now. You should get a copy of the other driver’s insurance card and make sure you get their name, address, phone number and other contact information. You can exchange yours with them as well.
3. Speak with the police
The police may take a report from you at the scene or hospital, if you are transported for medical care. Be certain not to say anything that implies fault on your part. You should stick to the facts. For example, “I had a green light and entered the intersection before being hit.”
4. Call your attorney
Finally, it’s a wise choice to call your attorney as soon as you can after an accident. They may, if called soon enough, be able to come to the scene of the accident directly. In cases where you can’t call until later, your attorney will seek out information such as the police report and listen to your recollection of events, so that they can get a better idea about what happened and how they can help.
These are just a few of the things you can do after a collision to make your claim easier in the future.