When motorists get in their vehicles, they likely do not think about getting into a car accident. Sure, driver routinely put on their seatbelts, check their mirrors, signal turns and travel speed limit to ensure they are traveling safely on the road, but they likely do not think about the conduct of other drivers. The reality is that at any time and at any point, a motorist could encounter a distracted driver, speeding motorist or a driver that is under the influence. And this encounter could result in a serious automobile collision. Now, the only thing you can think about is the accident you were just in.
What to do after a car crash
This is likely a very overwhelming time, as it is a traumatic event to suddenly be struck by another vehicle, feel your body be tossed every which way, feel the physical pain that has resulted and observe the damages that resulted. It can be a lot to take in, and an injured motorist may find it difficult to immediately process everything.
The most important thing one must do following a crash is to remain at the site. No matter the degree of injuries or damages that has resulted, everyone involved in the crash should remain on site. Failing to do so could result in penalties. Next, it is important to assess yourself and anyone else involved in the accident. This does not necessarily mean getting up and moving; however, if possible, one should take note of how many people were involved and how badly he or she was injured.
In matters of a serious collision, it is difficult to carry out tasks that are more possible in a minor crash, such as taking pictures of the accident scene and taking notes of any details, such as witness statements and information you remember leading up to the crash. In a severe accident, a motorist is likely quickly assed on the scene and transported to receive medical treatment. Thus, it is important to consider what steps you can take after leaving the accident scene.
What to do after leaving the accident scene
At this point, it is important to contact your insurance company and obtain a copy of the police report. At this time, any blank could be filled in with any information you remember for the accident itself. Additionally, taking detailed notes on the injuries suffered, treatments received and damages suffered is important. Keeping track of your treatment is important as well as having any damage suffered valued. Speaking with a legal professional may be a final step to take.
When a negligent driver causes a car accident, an injured victim has rights. A civil action, such as a personal injury claim, could help assign liability to the negligent motorist. Furthermore, this legal action could help with the recover of compensation to address the harms suffered.