What to Do After an Auto Accident
You’ve been in a car accident. What do you do next? Maybe you’re panicking. Maybe you’re in pain. The next steps immediately after an accident are extremely important.
You need help healing and recovery from your injuries, and very importantly, you need compensation for accident-related expenses.
Knowing what to do after an accident can make or break your entire outcome.
ASSURE SAFETY & ASSESS INJURIES
If you're able to, move to the side of the road or a sidewalk. If your car is safe to drive and is causing a hazard where it is, pull it to the side of the road.
If you're injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. If you're seriously injured, try not to move, and wait for emergency personnel.
Full name and contact information
Insurance company and policy number
Driver's license and license plate number
Type, color and model of vehicle
Location of accident
Get a copy of the official police report as quickly as you can. This is a vital piece of information that your doctor and representation will need going forward. Even if you don’t know what to do after an accident, especially in the days and weeks ahead, be sure to secure the police report. NEED HELP GETTING REPORT? CLICK HERE.
DOCUMENT CAR DAMAGE
Take pictures of the damage to your car and store them safely. Your car insurance company will want them, and they may even be beneficial for your doctor and in your personal injury case.
CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY
Consult with an attorney BEFORE you call your insurance company. They can advise you on what to do next and how to proceed with filing your claim. Listen to their insight and follow their instructions on what to do after a car accident for the best results.
VISIT AN INJURY SPECIALIST
Delayed injuries are common after car accidents, so it’s very important to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible after your accident. Injury specialists will know what to do after a car accident and can direct you toward the next steps in the process.