Car Accident Checklist: What You Need to Know
Getting into a car accident can at best be a very stressful and confusing moment for most, catastrophic for others; that’s why at 411-PAIN, we want you to be prepared for these unexpected circumstances. Having a checklist that you can refer to when you get into an accident will remove a stressor and help you focus on the right things, like your safety and the safety of others.
Having a list of actions to refer to will ensure that you protect yourself, get the emergency help you and others might need, think about the potential property damages, and know how to deal with your insurance.
What you need to know:
- Stay at the scene: even though this might seem like common sense, lots of people experience an instant rush of adrenaline that impairs their decision making after an accident, pushing them to make the wrong decisions. Do not move from the scene and only move your car if it is not in a safe place, but never too far from the site of the accident. Make sure that everyone involved stays as well unless they have been gravely injured and need immediate care.
- Check on everyone’s well being: If you are able, make sure that everyone involved in the accident is ok and does not need emergency care. If anyone does, call your emergency services as a priority.
- Call 911: If you or anybody present has been injured in the accident, call emergency services to get help. Call 911 also if there is property damage. A police report is an essential tool that can help your case in the future.
- Get the information from the drivers involved in the accident: Make sure you get the name, insurance information (carrier, policy number, etc.), license plate, and driver’s license number of the drivers involved.
- Get the contact information of witnesses at the scene: This is a significant step in the process, so if you are able, collect the witnesses’ information. Others’ accounts of what happened might be beneficial to your case.
- Take pictures of the accident: This includes auto and property damage, skid marks, and, if possible, pictures of the scene itself before the cars are moved.
- During your exchanges with other drivers and people involved, do not accept guilt or discuss fault. Talk to a lawyer first: Call Path at 1-800-411-PAIN after your accident, and we will guide you in the process that follows after the accident and get you the help you need
The team at 411-Pain will assist you in finding the best legal advice while also getting you the required medical attention after an accident. Call Path at 1-800-411-PAIN and get the compensation and help you deserve!