It only takes a split second — someone turns too soon, brakes too late, or swerves into your lane. The moments immediately after a car accident are chaotic and confusing, and it can be difficult to know what steps to take. Regardless of the severity of an accident, there are several things you need to do.
Steps to Take Immediately after a Car Accident
Your actions in the aftermath of a car accident are very important. Gathering the right information and taking the correct precautions can protect you from further damage. Keep these steps in mind:
- Take a deep breath
It’s important that you remain calm and focused so you can handle the situation responsibly.
- Check for injuries
Check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If you suffer a serious injury, you may go into shock. Shock can prevent you from realizing how badly you are hurt. If you are unsure, call an ambulance.
- Assess the vehicle damage
If the cars involved are still operational, move them out of traffic and turn on hazard lights.
- Contact law enforcement
File a report with the police. Even in minor accidents, it is a good idea to get a police report that you can show your insurance company. Police can also help calm any potential “road rage” situations.
- Document the accident
Exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers involved. Get the information of any witnesses — they can be important sources when filing a claim or a report. Take pictures and write down exactly what happened.
- Notify your insurance company
Give them a detailed explanation of the crash. Be careful not to say things like “it was my fault” or “I’m alright.” They may use statements like this to justify not paying you what you deserve.
- Contact us
One of the common mistakes we outline in The Idaho Accident Book is waiting too long to seek legal advice. If your insurance company isn’t taking your claim seriously, contact the experienced injury attorneys at Hansen Injury Law Firm.
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