Most drivers take to the roads every day without ever thinking that they might be involved in a car accident. Fortunately, most car trips are uneventful, and drivers get to their intended destinations safely. However, automobile accidents do happen, and it is important that all drivers know what to do so that they can help themselves and others if they are involved in an accident.
What to do Immediately Following an Automobile Accident
If you are you are involved in an automobile accident, the very first thing that you must do no matter how minor the accident seems is to stop your vehicle and remain at the accident scene. Next, call for help. You and the other passengers in your vehicle may appear to be unharmed, but people in other vehicles could be injured. It is also possible that one or more of the vehicles involved in the accident has been damaged in such a way that it could catch fire or leak flammable fluids onto the roadway.
Take these safety precautions after you have called for help:
- Move vehicles off the road and onto the shoulder (if possible)
- Alert other drivers to the accident with flares or reflective triangles
- Stay on the side of the road or a safe place until emergency responders arrive
It is important to report any and all accidents to your insurance company so that you can be compensated for any damages that resulted from the accident, including those that may not be immediately apparent, like an internal injury or vehicle damage which appears minor but will actually cost a lot of money to fix.
To report the accident, you will need information from other drivers. Be careful not to talk about the accident, as anything that you say could be used against you later on.
After an accident, obtain the following information:
- All of the drivers’ names, addresses, and vehicle registration numbers
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Names and telephone numbers of witnesses
Perhaps even more importantly, get yourself checked out by a doctor, even if you feel as though you are not injured. Some injuries, including severe injuries like head injuries or internal injuries, may not produce immediately noticeable symptoms. If you tell your doctor that you were involved in a car accident, they can examine you for signs of injury and begin treatment right away if you are hurt.
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