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8 Things You Need to Do Right After a Car Accident

Let's face it, a car accident can be a very stressful experience. However, a little preparation now can save you a lot of headaches and money down the road. If you are ever involved in an accident, here are a few minor steps that you can take to protect your interests should you have to go to court.

  1. Make sure everyone involved is alright.
    First things first, before worrying about which driver is at fault, you need to make sure that everyone is alight. If anyone is in need of medical attention, call 911 immediately.

  2. Call the police.
    If everyone is alright, you should then call the police to report the accident. The police will be in charge of filing a report with the details of the accident found at the scene. If you sustained any injuries during the accident, be sure to mention it to the reporting officer. Having that information filed as part of the police report will go a long way to helping your case.

    Note that in situations where no serious injuries were sustained and no traffic laws were broken (ex. a DUI), the police may choose NOT to dispatch someone to the scene. In this situation, be sure to follow the rest of the steps outlined below.

  3. Do NOT admit fault under any circumstances.
    Many people find this step difficult to understand, especially when they feel that they are directly responsible for the accident. The truth is admitting fault can come back to haunt you in instances where the other driver suddenly develops costly medical expenses. Therefore, the best thing to do is be respectful to the other driver while protecting your interests at the same time.

  4. Write down the name and address of the other driver along with their insurance information.
    The insurance information you need will be comprised of the name of their insurance company along with the policy number.

  5. Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses.
    Witnesses can be a great way of strengthening your case. So be sure to get their names and contact information if there happens to be any at the scene.

  6. Take photographs of the scene using your cell phone or disposable camera.
    Photographs can be a great way of not only documenting what happened, but also the level of damage sustained to your property. So remain calm and be sure to take several pictures of the scene using the camera on your cell phone. If you don't have a cell phone with a camera, it's always a good idea to carry a disposable camera in your glove compartment for just such an occasion.

  7. Write down a description of how the accident occurred, including a diagram.
    Your written description, and the diagram, should answer these questions . . . who was involved, what happened, where did it happen, when did it happen, why did it happen.

  8. Write down any admissions of responsibility made by the other driver.
    If the other driver makes any admissions of responsibility, be sure to document this information. While it may be a long shot, you may want to have the other drive sign a written description of what happened at the scene.
Davis Ford says:
03-12-2012
I must to recognize that I don`t want to pass through an accident. I guess nobody wants. But still it`s happened I know what to do. Thanks. Davis Ford, Helicopter injuries lawyer
Jayesh Dhudashua says:
01-03-2011
this is very nice article. this is what I was looking for exactly Thanks Bryan.
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