A Turn of Fate: What to Do if You’re in an Car Accident

| September 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

car accidentWhen you start driving, one of the things that you might be worried about is getting into a car accident. There are distractions while you’re driving all the time, and there are other drivers who might not be paying attention.

Road conditions can change, making it difficult to stay on the road. If you’re ever in a car accident, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind so that you’re physically alright and so that legal aspects can be handled.

Check for Injuries

After a car accident, you need to do a quick check to see if you’re injured or if anyone in the car is injured. If you can safely move around, then get out of the car to check for damages on the vehicle.

However, if you notice any blood or feel anything that could be broken or that is causing severe pain, then stay where you are until help arrives. You don’t want to risk causing any more damage than has already been done. Don’t move anyone in the vehicle who is injured.

Don’t Leave

Car AccidentIn many states, leaving the scene of a car accident could result in charges against you. Even if you’re in a minor accident, you need to wait for an officer to get to the scene to clear everyone to leave. Someone who is a witness to the accident could call for help, or you could call after the accident occurs if you are able.

Turn your hazard lights on so that other drivers know to slow down.  It’s also a very good idea to move your vehicles off the road if you possibly can.

As long as the vehicles are operable and no-one involved in the accident was injured you should drive them to the shoulder so that traffic can continue as normal in the street. If anyone is injured, however, don’t attempt to move them or the vehicle until the authorities arrive.

Complete Proper Documents

The officer who writes down the information about the accident will probably want to get your address, phone number, and insurance information. You can also exchange this information with the other people involved in the accident.

These details are important in case you have to go to court and so that you can file a claim with your insurance company.

Talk to an Attorney

If the accident wasn’t your fault, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney like The Law Offices of Gregg Durlofsky. You can probably get some type of compensation for injuries, lost time at work and pain and suffering for the people in the vehicle.

Give the attorney all of the medical papers and any other information that relates to the accident so that the attorney can begin the process of filing a claim.

Being in a car accident can be frightening. You’re worried about your health and your vehicle as well as the other people involved. Wait until help arrives, and speak with professionals who can direct you as to what to do after the accident.

 

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  1. Krasney Law says:

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