What to do after a car accident
The likelihood of getting into a car accident at some point in your life is very high. When you do get in a car accident, your immediate steps thereafter can have a large impact on determining the compensation you receive. If you follow these quick and simple tips, you will be one step closer to solidifying your case.
- Do NOT leave the scene of the accident:
Leaving the scene of the accident without consulting with the other party involved can lead to criminal charges. It is important to report the accident to the police and get checked out prior to leaving the scene. This police report will benefit you in the long run.
- Report the car accident:
If significant injuries or property damage occurred then you should call the police. If any parties were injured you should also request an ambulance while on the phone with 911. An officer will get to the scene of an accident and will write a report which will assist in your case.
- Gather information:
Before leaving the accident site, photos from multiple angles should be taken, fully documenting the scene as well as any injuries sustained. Taking pictures of the scene shows a more accurate visual representation of the accident.
- Contact insurance provider:
Contacting your insurance provider will help you understand your benefits from an auto repair perspective. First, they will ask if there were any injuries and who was at fault. Sending them the photos taken from the scene will help them estimate the amount of damage and give them the opportunity to contact the other parties involved.
- Seek medical treatment:
At the scene of the accident, there will likely be an ambulance. Even if you feel no immediate pain, you should still allow the paramedics to check you out. Pain from car accidents worsen with time and while you may not feel anything at the scene, you could be in severe pain the following morning. Contact a doctor and try to be seen as soon as possible.
- Seek legal counsel:
If you feel you deserve compensation for the accident, do not hesitate to Call Path at 1-800-411-PAIN. Legal representation can help guide you through every step of the overwhelming process from beginning to end.