If you’ve never been involved in a road accident, your time is surely coming.
No, we’re not prophets of doom. Neither are we wishing you any form of bad luck. It’s just that the numbers tell a story of doom. Every year in the United States, there are over 6 million road accidents, claiming the lives of about 40,000 people and injuring over 1.2 million.
Clearly, accidents are a common occurrence in the country. As such, it’s important to prepare yourself for the day you’ll be in an accident.
Continue reading to learn what to do after a car accident.
Check for Injuries
Some accidents are minor, others are major. And others are in-between.
If you’ve been involved in a fender-bender, it’s likely that neither you nor your passengers have been hurt in any way. Only the cars will sustain some damage.
However, if you’ve been involved in a moderate to high-impact accident, it’s likely that you and your passengers will be hurt. If you’re conscious, the first thing to do is check yourself for injuries. If you’ve got passengers, check them too.
If you can see bruises, blood, or any other sign of a physical injury, or a body part aches, call 911 and get help.
What if you don’t see any physical injuries? That doesn’t me you are all good, especially if the accident had a substantial level of impact. Some injuries, like whiplash, don’t typically exhibit visible signs. It’s still super important to seek emergency care services.
Gather Information on the Scene
Of course, you’re only going to embark on gathering information on the scene if you’ve ascertained that you or your passengers weren’t hurt.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to gather information if you need emergency treatment. Some drivers insist on doing this even when they’ve been hurt because they want to gather evidence that can help them win the case when seeking compensation.
At this stage, getting compensation or suing the other party should be the last thing on your mind. All you need is the driver’s name, car and insurance details, and pictures of the accident.
If you’re not in a position to gather this information, don’t fret. The police will come to the scene, investigate, and make a report. This report will typically flesh out who was at fault for the accident.
Get Legal Help
It’s not always necessary to hire a car accident lawyer, but there are cases where you need to have one on your team. If the at-fault party is denying liability or you’ve been found to be at-fault, for instance, you certainly need to lawyer up.
Depending on the nature of the case, your lawyer’s job is to defend you and fight for your interests. Check out this guide for choosing a lawyer to know how to find a competent, experienced professional.
Know What to Do After a Car Accident
Knowing what to do after a car accident makes a big difference. You’ll be in a better position to save your life if the accident is serious, as well as protect yourself from legal consequences. Be sure to keep this guide in mind.
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