Being involved in an auto-accident, irrespective of who is to blame, is always a terribly unfortunate situation to survive. After the accident, there are a couple of important steps one must take so as to ensure that the accident itself is the worst aspect of the whole ordeal. These steps are crucial to ensure that the injury is handled in a way where one is legally correct and least likely to incur any additional woes, whether private, legal, or fiscal.
1) Stay Calm.
After the accident, one’s actions can determine several things that range from how the case is handled in court to how the other party deals with you during the time of the accident and during the period after. Staying calm, or collecting oneself, is also the best course of action for maintaining one’s health, both mental and physical.
2) Secure your environment
The scene of an accident isn’t a safe place to be. Oftentimes, the accident occurs on roads that tend toward medium to heavy traffic levels. If one finds himself in an accident, one of the main things to do is to assess the environment and determine what can be done to make them safer. Whether it’s moving the cars to the side of the street or opening the hood of the vehicle, one should always be sure the place is the safest it can possibly be. If you feel that the surrounding area is too dangerous to stay in, leave immediately with the other driver/drivers to a place that is safe.
This is a measure that some people don’t think is necessary if the police do not arrive to the scene automatically or if the injury is a small one. Generally, both parties should use proper discretion in deciding to call the police. The police will file a report that will become an important document in respect to legal implications.
Regardless of what sort of injury one is involved in, information should always be revealed between both parties involved. The encompassing list of information that needs to be gathered and exchanged includes the name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number for the driver and the owner of each vehicle.
5) Photograph and record
So as to have evidence of what transpired as well as the impacts of the accident itself, it is important that one photographs the scene of the collision. If there are witnesses to the collision, it’s a really good idea to obtain their testimonial in order to have additional sources of proof.