What To Do After a Car Accident

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a frightening experience, and most people are unsure of what they should do immediately after.

Here is a general list to keep in mind in the unfortunate event that you are involved in a car accident:

  • Stay calm and check that you and your passengers are not hurt.

  • Call 911 if there are any signs of injury or significant damage to your vehicle.

  • If anyone is unable to get out of the car, turn on your hazard lights.

  • Never try to move an injured person. Wait for the paramedics to arrive instead.

  • While it is always nice to ask the driver and passengers in the other vehicle if they are okay, be mindful of what you say. There is no need to apologize right after the collision. Fault, if any, will be determined by the police report, which will include statements from the drivers, passengers and witnesses. If a lawsuit is commenced by either party, the legal process will also help to determine who or what caused the accident.

  • If the accident is minor and no one has been hurt, make sure to move your car out of the way of oncoming traffic, where you can then exchange insurance information with the other driver. You may not need to call the police for a tiny scratch on your car door.

  • Request a copy of the police report, as well as the officer’s name, badge number and phone number.

  • Get the full name, address, and phone number of the other parties involved, including the make, model, year and license plate number of their car, as well as their insurance company and policy number.

  • Take photos of the accident scene, including close ups of the damage to your car and the other driver’s car.

  • Always keep a copy of your car insurance information in your vehicle.

  • You have 30 days to notify your own insurer of the accident and file an insurance claim.

  • Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately after the accident if you have suffered a serious injury. If you intend to commence legal action against the defendant, you have 120 days from the date of the accident to notify the other driver (the defendant) and their insurance company.

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