How many times do we hear about car accidents and their horrible consequences in our daily news? An accident can occur in less than one second; injuries, car damages, and medical and mechanic bills are often the result. According to Allstate News, market research shows that the average driver in the U.S. will be involved in an accident once every ten years. While we can’t always avoid them, we can be better prepared in the event of an accident. Follow these steps after experiencing a collision.
The first step is to put yourself in a calm state of mind. A car accident is often a traumatic event to experience, and if you are injured, it’s not safe to move. Don’t shout at or blame the other driver. It is important to control your emotions in order to evaluate the situation and decide what to do next.
The second step is to make sure everyone is okay, especially the other driver. If someone is injured, call 911. Don’t move anyone until qualified medical help arrives. EMS (Emergency Medical Services) will arrive in an ambulance to evaluate if anyone is seriously injured, and needs to be transported to a hospital for further treatment. Some injuries don’t show up or reach their greatest level of discomfort until many days, weeks, or months later. If the accident is minor, move the cars to a safe place out of traffic.
The third step is to call 911 and stay at the accident scene until the police come. Don’t leave the site without their permission. Remember to ask the cop’s name and badge number and make sure to write it down. The police report is generated after all reported accidents. It contains the officer’s observation, as well as the names of all witnesses or persons who arrived on the scene soon afterward.
Gathering information is the fourth step. Driver‘s names, phone numbers, license plates, and insurance information are required to file your insurance claim. Other relevant information that might be needed is pictures of the scene and damages; therefore, take as many pictures as necessary before leaving the scene. Also, if there are passengers in the other vehicle, obtain their names, numbers, and insurance information.
The fifth step is to inform your insurance company. If anyone is injured in the accident, you can hire an attorney to take care of your case. Many accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means that your lawyer only receives a fee if you’re awarded damages or receive a settlement.
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