Being involved in a car accident is really unfortunate. Most people usually have some idea of what they are supposed to do in such a situation. However, you may not be aware of some of your other potential legal obligations. Here are some important steps you need to take following an Accident:
Ensure Safety First
After an accident, the first step should be to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the accident and to take actions to prevent more smash-ups and injuries. Alert others about the accident by turning on your hazard lights and move the vehicles out of traffic into a safe area.
It is better to call an ambulance immediately and get checked by doctors at the scene.
Contact Law Enforcement
By law, it is highly advised to call the police authorities, once you get into a car accident. Whether you have to report an accident to the police or not depends on the seriousness of the crash and other relevant circumstances. From the legal aspect, it is highly important for the drivers to better know their legal rights and obligations so that when they face car accidents, they can better protect their rights. Most often, drivers know very little beyond having a driver license – no policy details concerning insurance, compensation payment on accidents, and healthcare issues.
Keep a Record Of Everything
If any of the following circumstances apply, You must report these details to police as soon as you can:
- Exact accident location
- The details such as registration number of both the vehicles involved
- The name and other details of both the vehicle owners
- Contact information for potential witnesses if any
- Damages to vehicles and surrounding properties
- Details of serious injuries or death if any
After an accident, avoid talking to other party’s insurance company, or discussing the accident with anyone except police and your insurance company. You must not sign anything that doesn’t come from law enforcement or your insurance.
Get Legal Help
Never overlook the importance of seeking Legal help. Contact a car accident attorney after the immediate steps have been taken following the accident. With his decades of experience and dedicated staff, Bryan W. Crews will work on your behalf to make sure you get what you deserve to cover medical bills, damage to your vehicle, and other costs of the accident.