What To Do After An Accident (Checklist)
Accidents can be extremely scary and stressful. In the event of an accident, it’s not always easy to stay calm and remember what needs to be done. Morris Bart wants you to be prepared no matter what the circumstance.
Print out these helpful tips and put them in your glove compartment. You won’t regret it.
1. STOP YOUR VEHICLE.
After an accident stop your vehicle and pull to the side of the road, if possible. Make sure you are away from ongoing traffic and turn off the ignition.
2. STAY CALM.
This is easier said than done; however, remaining calm is essential to being able to accurately assess and handle the realities of the situation.
3. DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!
This is the MOST important thing to remember if you are in an accident. Never admit to fault, accept responsibility, or agree to pay any damages.
Do not sign any papers or in any way insinuate that you are at fault. Assigning fault is your insurance company’s job.
4. CHECK FOR INJURIES.
Check yourself and those around you for injuries. If you are seriously injured, call an ambulance.
No matter the severity of the injury, take detailed notes of your physical state.
5. CALL 911.
Call the police. The police will handle any interaction between you and other people involved. The police officer will take down witness statements, and file an accident report.
Remember to obtain a copy of the accident report for future records.
5. CHECK FOR INTOXICATION.
Use your best judgment to decide whether or not any of the drivers are under the influence. Look for signs such as slurred speech, blurry eyes and unresponsiveness.
6. TAKE PICTURES.
Take as many pictures at the site of the accident as possible. You should take pictures of your own vehicle, other vehicles involved, and any injuries sustained. You can’t trust anyone to keep better photo records than yourself.
7. EXCHANGE INFORMATION.
Following an accident, you should make sure you know all of the following information about the parties involved:
- Phone number
- E-mail address
- Insurance company and policy number
- Driver’s license number
- License plate number
8. CALL MORRIS BART.
Contact our office immediately following your accident. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through this difficult process and help you get fully compensated.
9. KNOW YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE.
Be aware of what your insurance policy covers. Specifically, you will want to know if your insurance covers the cost of towing and rental cars.
Unfortunately, car accidents are a fact of life that most people will experience at one time or another. Knowing what steps to take, and what your rights are, will make a consequential difference in the outcome of your experience.
A dedicated and experienced car accident attorney, such as the attorneys at our firm, can navigate you through the trying times following an accident.
Call Morris Bart, Attorneys At Law at 1-800-537-8185, or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form to the right of your screen and let us get started today!