What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
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Knowing what to do if you are ever in a
car accident might be just as important as knowing how to prevent one. After all, a
safe driver with a spotless driving record can still be struck unexpectedly by a
drunk driver or blindsided by a teen driver who was
texting behind the wheel. Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates
that more than 2 million people are hurt in traffic collisions each year,
it may be a sound assumption that being in a crash is not a matter of
if, but when.
While you might not be able to avoid every single car accident due to the
unpredictability of negligent drivers, you can take steps to make such
a situation easier on you should it occur. Mainly, you will want to know
what to do after a car accident.
Follow these smart six steps to eliminate some of the confusion that follows a crash:
Pull over: You should
never flee the scene of a car accident, even if you know it was minor. Doing
so constitutes a
hit-and-run and you could be arrested and charged for a criminal act.
Check for injury: “Is everyone okay?” This should be the first question in your
mind after a car accident. If someone is hurt, or you have reason to believe
they might be hurt but do not know it yet, call an ambulance. Remember
to not move someone who says they have back, neck, or head pain.
Summon the authorities: Bringing the police to the scene of a car accident is almost always necessary.
The police report they make can be used as evidence for your claim later
but they can also help direct traffic away from any debris your crash
may have scattered into the street.
Identify the driver: You will need to get their insurance information, driver’s license,
license plates, and the make and model of their car. While you are exchanging
information with the motorist that hit you, be sure not to apologize or
do anything else that could be interpreted as an admission of guilt.
Collect evidence: Perhaps the most important part of his procedure, you need to get evidence
that supports your claim. Photographs are an easy way to show what actually
happened; use your smartphone to take pictures from multiple angles of
anything noteworthy. Testimonies from eyewitnesses should be recorded
as well so you can back up your findings with what others saw.
Call an attorney: Odds are pretty high that the other driver and their insurance company
are not going to want to accept total liability for what they have done.
You should talk to a
personal injury lawyer about what happened to at least get an idea of whether or not litigation
could be in your future. An attorney can also help you talk to your insurance
company when you notify them of the accident, which should be done on
the same day of the crash, to ensure you do not misspeak and accept blame.
If you live in Georgia and need a legal professional to help you with your
claim, you can
contact our Savannah car accident attorneys from Karsman, McKenzie & Hart.
We have won
millions of dollars for our clients through successful verdicts and settlements
throughout the years and would be happy to put the same sort of dedication
and focus into your case. If you want to begin today, request a
free case evaluation with our team.