What to Do After an Accident?
The possibility of an auto accident is an eventuality that everyone that steps foot into a car accepts. According to an article called “How Scared Should You Be” in the New York Times, 1 in 84 people will be involved in a car accident at some point in their life. There are safety strategies to decrease these chances, but there is only so much you can do because you cannot ensure that other drivers will not cause the accident. What you can do is equip yourself with the knowledge to cope with an accident.
The Accidents Happened. Now What?
When an accident happens you should take these steps to deal with the accident.
- Stop. As soon as you have becomes involved in any type of car accident, you must stop. If you do not stop, you will have committed a hit and run. Hit and runs—even when they are shock fueled—can lead to massive fines.
- Once the car is stopped, you should ensure that everyone involved in the accident is uninjured. The police must be called immediately if someone has been injured or killed. Once you have called the police do not move the vehicles unless you are causing a safety hazard. If everyone is uninjured, you should move the car to the side of the road.
- If everyone is uninjured determine the state of your vehicles. Call the police if the combined damage of the vehicles is more than $1,500. If you are unsure, you should call the police to be safe.
- Before you both leave the scene of the accidents you need to exchange driver’s license, license plate numbers, insurance company names, and policy numbers with the other people involved in the accident. Use your camera or phone to document the scene and damages.
- As soon as you can, you should let your insurance company know that you were in an accident.
- If someone has been injured, killed, or if the damages exceed 750, you will need to report the accident to fill out a SR-1 form and bring it to your local DMV within 10 days.
The aftermath of your accident can take a physical, mental, and financial toll. It is important to look out for your own interests. That means that you should ensure that you are properly compensated for any damages—financial, physical, and emotional. If you do not feel like you are receiving enough compensation for your pain, you should contact a car accident lawyer. They can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Alan Brady was unfortunate enough to require the services of an auto accident lawyer. He uses his experience to help people to get the help required to cope with their own car accidents.