Car Accidents: What to do
Car accidents are stressful and place their victims in situations where the next course of action may not always be clear. However, there are many important things that you must remember to do immediately after an accident, as well as a few things to do soon after.
Check the condition of everyone involved
Car crashes are dangerous, and people can receive some serious injuries as a result. Before you start to assess property damage, make sure everyone involved is ok. If anyone has been hurt, do not hesitate to call for medical assistance. If someone complains about head or neck pain or is unconscious, do not move them unless they are directly in danger where they are.
Remain at the scene of the accident
There are grave criminal penalties for people who leave after a car crash. Leaving the scene of an accident is known as a “hit and run.” The criminal charges for a hit and run increase if someone involved in the crash was severely injured.
Contact local law enforcement
If anyone involved in the accident is injured or if the crash resulted in any significant property damage, you should call the police. When the police arrive, request a police report be filed, and get the name and badge of the officer that handled your accident.
Get the information of the other people who were involved in the accident
Ask the other drivers for the following particulars: their name, contact information, driver’s license number, license plate number, and their general insurance information. If there were passengers involved, get their name, contact number, and address. You should do you best to be polite and cooperative. Everyone’s emotions will be running high from the accident, and being rude will not help the situation.
However, you may not want to apologize at the scene of the crash. Apologizing means you admit that the accident was your fault based on what you know happened at the collision. However, an accident can have several causes, and you only know your side of the story.
Speak to any witnesses
If anyone witnessed the crash, ask them what he or she saw. A witness may be able to shed light on what exactly happened, and who is at fault for the accident. You should also get their name, contact information, and address if at all possible.
Take photos of the scene
Photographs provide extraordinary evidence about a car crash. You should try to take pictures of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle, and the general scene where the accident occurred. You may send the pictures of your car to your insurance company to help an insurance adjuster determine how much compensation you need for your damages.
Contact and inform your insurance company
You should notify your insurance company that you have been in an accident as quickly as possible. You need to cooperate with them and tell them the truth about what happened at the crash and how severe your injuries are. It is imperative that you explain the accident as clearly and truthfully as possible. If an insurance company learns that you lied to them about an accident, your insurance may be revoked, and you will be forced to pay for the damages of the accident on your own.
Get an evaluation of your property damage
Once you obtain your insurance’s evaluation of the cost of compensation, you may feel that the value is too small. You should then get two other estimates or replacement quotes. If the new estimates are far off from your insurance’s estimate, you should voice your concern. If you and your insurance can not agree on the value of the damage, you may need to seek mediation or consult an attorney after an accident.
When should you seek legal advice after an accident?
If anyone sustained serious injury, your insurance company is being unfair to you, or if you and the other parties involved are unable to decide who is at fault for the accident, you may want to hire an accident attorney. An attorney can maximize the compensation you will receive for your injuries, or defend you better if your mishap was the cause of the crash. If you or a loved one has recently been in an accident and resolving it is proving difficult, call our office. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys in Conyers has the know-how to ensure you get the compensation you deserve and to keep you from paying for an accident that was not your fault.