What to do After a Car Wreck
“The best medicine is prevention.” The old saying is true, but often unattainable when it comes to car accidents. Since more than 3 million people in the U.S. are injured in car wrecks every year, the best method of caring for yourself is to know exactly what to do in the event that you or someone you love is involved in a car accident. There will likely be many things whirling through your head, but remember to remain calm. You can rest easy knowing that there are steps you can take to help you deal with the aftermath of a car wreck.
Get out of Danger
Before anything else, the most important thing for you to do is to ensure that you and any other people involved in the car wreck are okay. Check to see if anyone has major injuries or needs urgent medical care, and move away from any immediate danger. Get examined by a doctor as soon as possible, even if you have no visible injuries.
Call the Police
No matter how small you think the accident is, it’s important to have a legal accident report. Contact the police immediately after getting to safety.
Document the Damages
After confirming the safety of all involved parties and calling the police, it’s time to document the extent of the damages. As you prepare to do that, keep two things in mind:
• Do not provide a verbal or written statement to the other party’s insurance company. If asked, politely refuse.
• Do not admit fault or responsibility, even if you think you’ve done something wrong.
It is important that you only speak about the accident with medical professionals and police at the scene of the crash, and your personal insurance representative after you leave the scene.
Before you provide your insurance representative with a statement, we would advise that you speak with a lawyer to help you with your insurance claim. You can contact the team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys for a free and confidential consultation.
During the time following the car wreck, you should collect information from wherever you can while staying out of the way of the professionals doing their jobs.
In order to facilitate your claim, you will need specific information to document the incident. If you’re unable to do this right after the wreck, try to do it after seeking medical attention, or have someone else do it for you.
Collect the following details:
• Information about what happened
• Information about the driver
• Information for insurance
In order to gather this information, you can ask to see the other driver’s license and proof of insurance.
After receiving it, make sure to write down their name and phone number. Be sure to also take down the make, model, color, and license plate number of the vehicle, as well as its registration number. Get the insurance company’s name and the driver’s insurance company policy number. Use your phone to make notes if you don’t have paper on hand.
Take pictures of both of the cars as well, for your own records.
When you’re documenting what happened, make sure to include as much of the following as possible:
• Date and Time of the Accident
• Address of the accident
• The direction you were traveling in
• The direction the other car was traveling in
• Take photos of the crash scene from multiple angles
• A detailed description of what happened. We advise that you write and record this.
• Information regarding the driving conditions, weather, etc
• Any witnesses names and contact information
• The name, badge number, and contact information for any police officer at the scene of the accident
Report the incident to your insurance company
Again, while documenting the scene, do not discuss the accident with the other party or their insurance company. Contact your insurance company to start the process of filing your claim as you’re able to.
Get help from an Experienced Car Wreck Attorney
For your best chance of success, you should contact an experienced car wreck attorney like those at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys. Witnesses and evidence from the accident may disappear if you delay. Additionally, your attorney can efficiently handle all communications with insurance companies for you.
If you’ve sustained a personal injury, it’s even more important to contact us. We provide quality lawyers for car accidents, and we’ll make sure you get the right legal representation for your situation. We are proud to serve clients from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, Ascension, Livingston, Zachary, Hammond, Lake Charles, and Monroe. Call today for a free consultation!