Nobody wants to be the victim of a car accident, but unfortunately the risk is there for anyone on the road. For that reason, it’s important that drivers know what to do if they are involved in a crash. Here are some steps we recommend following.
1. Check Yourself, Then Others
Before you do anything, it’s important to make sure you are physically okay. When you’re certain you haven’t sustained any life threatening injuries, be sure to check on anyone else involved in the accident. In the event that someone has been injured, call for help immediately. Never move anyone who has been injured in a crash, unless instructed to do so by medical professionals.
2. Call the Police
If anyone has been injured or damage has been done to either vehicle, you should notify the police. Request that a report be filed, and make sure you keep track of the names and badge numbers of any responding officers.
3. Don’t Leave the Scene
Whatever you do, don’t leave the scene of an accident until you are positive it’s okay to do so. Even if you don’t think there was damage, you still run the risk of facing hit-and-run charges. In the event that someone was injured or there is significant vehicle damage, leaving the scene could have some serious repercussions.
4. Document Everything
Chances are your cell phone has a camera — so use it. Taking pictures of the damage at the scene will help your insurance company in determining appropriate compensation. You should also talk to any witnesses at the scene, and get their names and contact information. Going forward, it’s important to document any related information as well, such as medical treatment and any evidence of pain and suffering. However, be careful about sharing information concerning the accident, either online or with any insurance company or attorney other than your own.
5. Contact Your Insurance Company
The sooner you tell your insurance company about the crash, the better. Nobody wants to make that call, but being prompt and transparent will make the process much easier. Double check that all facts are documented correctly, so that you aren’t held responsible for inaccuracies down the line.
Another key step, in the event that someone was injured in the accident, will be contacting a Miami personal injury attorney. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced team at Graham Legal, whose goal is to deliver the best results and ease the burden the situation has placed on you.