After you’ve been in a car accident, it can be very overwhelming and confusing. You might not know which steps you should take to ensure your safety as well as the safety of those around you. The actions you take after your accident can help or hinder your case if you decide to file a personal injury claim.
The following steps are a helpful guide of what to do after you’ve been a car accident:
Move to a safe area if possible. If you’re able to do so, move your car out of harm’s way. If you can’t move your car, put on your hazards so that you can warn other drivers.
Stop your vehicle and get out if you can. If you’re able to and not injured too severely, turn off your car and make sure it is no longer moving. Make sure if it’s safe before opening the door and getting out.
Check on the other people involved in the accident. If you are all right, check on the other people involved in the accident. This could include other drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians. Call 911 if anyone has been injured.
After you’ve been in a car accident, the steps you take can be very important. If you were injured in the accident and are seeking monetary compensation, the steps you take right after the accident can be essential to your case. After you have made sure you and your vehicle are in a safe place and ensured the ambulance is called, these are the other steps you should take. Of course, in some cases, you could be too injured to follow these steps, but, in general, they are useful tips and steps to know.
Call the police to the scene. After 911 has been called, the police should be called. They can fill out a police accident report which is very valuable when handling insurance as well as personal injury claims.
Gather information if you can. Information such as driver and passenger information, witness information, license plate numbers, insurance information, etc, can be very important. If you can, also take pictures of the accident.
Contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes in car accidents. If you’ve been injured and are seeking compensation, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They can start collecting evidence and working with you.
If you’ve been in a car accident and sustained serious injury, you might have a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer can help you with your claim and work with you through the steps of the legal process. You might be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. If you are wondering if you have a claim, call Frekhtman & Associates today at (212) 222-1111.