In moments of stress or trauma, it’s difficult to think clearly. That’s why it’s important to understand beforehand what happens after a car accident, and what to do next.
Knowing what to do and what not to do if you’re in a car accident before it actually occurs can leave you set up to move forward and give you the best possible chance of recovery.
What do you absolutely need to do after a car crash?
Obviously, the first steps after a car crash involve checking yourself and your passengers for injury and then checking in on the people in the other vehicle involved in the collision. After that, you need to call for police and possibly medical services.
If you are physically able to do so, in some situations, you may need to move your vehicles to ease the congestion of traffic. Before you do that, taking pictures of the accident scene will help preserve evidence that may protect you later on.
Once you make a police report, it is generally best to go see a doctor, because you may not notice the signs of serious conditions like internal bleeding or brain injuries immediately.
What shouldn’t you do after a car accident?
There are certain things that are pretty obvious when it comes to what you shouldn’t do after a crash. You should not drive off and leave the other person alone and possibly hurt. On the other hand, you need to be careful about how you interact with that other person.
Additionally, you don’t want to apologize, which some individuals might interpret as an acknowledgment that you were at fault. When police officers arrive, you don’t want to fall into the trap of trying to be nice at all costs. Don’t hold back your suspicions about someone texting while driving or possibly being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The police may not notice the same signs you did unless you call their attention to certain issues.
In addition to protecting yourself and documenting the scene of the accident, you may want to make a phone call to an attorney familiar with personal injury claims after a crash. Even if all you must do is negotiate with the insurance company, their help may prove invaluable.