These are some main points to remember after you've been involved in a Car Accident.
Make sure all parties involved in the car accident are safe and have received medical care (if required). If you've been injured, seeking medical attention is critical. Without it, you may have trouble proving that your injuries are stemming from this particular accident later on.
Turn off the ignition, and make sure all other parties involved in the car accident have done the same. This will reduce the risk of vehicles bursting into flames in case of fuel leak. To prevent further injuries (or even fatalities),stay away from the vehicles involved in the car wreck and encourage other drivers to do the same. There could be leaked fuel and other combustibles, which could lead to explosions and fires even after a collision.
Call the police and wait for their arrival. Do NOT confront other motorists or speak to them before the cops arrive, unless you are exchanging information such as insurance policy, phone number, names, drivers license, etc.
When the police has arrived, maintain your composure and describe what has happened. You're doing this to help them write a police report, which will later be used as part of an investigation to determine liability and assess your car accident claim for compensation. It is vital to remember that your statements to the police can be used as evidence in a court of law. This is why maintaining your composure is so important.
Take down all relevant information about the other driver(s) such as license plate number, the motorist's name, phone number, insurance policy info, address, vehicle model, color, etc. Write your own notes about the car accident - anything that you would consider relevant to helping you maximize your compensation (the driver was violent, or that you saw him texting prior to the crash, speed of cars, sounds, streets and direction of vehicles, etc.). Every tiny detail matters!
Take photographs and videos. In particular, take photos of the skid marks, car wreckage and debris from different angles. Also, it would be a good idea to take photos of your injuries (a bleeding leg, blood on the steering wheel, bruising, etc.).
Make sure you receive medical attention if you're injured and get a medical report describing your injuries as soon as possible. One of the first things insurance companies consider in evaluating your injury claim is how soon you received medical care.
Exchange contact information with all witnesses at the scene of the crash (if there are any). Witnesses play a major role when it comes to determining fault.
While this is the step when the vast majority of motorists call their insurance company to report the car crash, don't do it just yet. Prior to contacting any insurance company. call a lawyer! Consultations are free and doing this first can make or break your case!
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