Even the best drivers find themselves in the unfortunate situation of a car accident. On average, drivers will each experience three to four accidents over their lifetime. Accidents aren’t always preventable, and if you find yourself in a crash it pays off to be prepared so you can protect yourself after a car accident.
Accidents can be traumatic experiences, and a crash may leave you feeling disoriented and overwhelmed. Making the right decisions in the moments after a crash can be difficult to navigate, but with knowledge and preparation you can learn to get the best possible outcome after a crash.
5 Ways to Protect Yourself After a Car Accident:
- Prioritize your safety first. Immediately after a car accident, pull your car over to a safe, less congested side of the road. Stay calm and move your vehicle out of traffic to reduce the risk of causing another accident or a pile-up. After you’ve reached a safer area, you can assist the other passengers in your car and collect the contact information of the other driver. If you or the other driver is injured, call for emergency medical attention right away.
- Always call the police. Yes, even if no one was injured! Even if the accident appears minor, law enforcement should come to the scene to document and report on the accident. Official police reports may be important later if you want to recover damages for your injuries. If an officer arrives at the scene and files a crash report, make sure to get the number of the report, the name of the officer, and the contact information of the right office to get in touch with should you want to follow up. You can also request a copy of the crash report online.
- Do not admit fault! For many drivers, their immediate reaction may be to apologize to the other driver. Although this apology is made in good-faith, it could be damaging later if the driver interprets your words as you admitting responsibility. Admitting responsibility could result in the loss of your case, or even serve as the foundation for the other party building a case against you! Choose your words carefully and don’t take the blame without talking with an attorney first.
- Gather evidence and document everything. In any accident, you should take down the information of the other driver’s name, insurance, and license plate. Without this information, it is hard to make an insurance claim with the other driver’s company. You should also be prepared to take photos and videos of the scene. Too often, law enforcement is unable to arrive at an accident scene right away. It is up to you to preserve the evidence of your car accident. Do not rely on the other driver or your own memory–the human brain is faulty, especially after a traumatic event! Use your cell phone to take photos of the accident and both your and the driver’s vehicles. You can share these photos with law enforcement and your attorney if you decide to take legal action.
- Consult an attorney! Car accidents can result in long-term injuries, post-traumatic stress, and undue burdens. You shouldn’t have to navigate this process alone–you need an advocate. With the help of an attorney, you can focus on recovery and have peace of mind.
If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence or recklessness, you could be entitled to compensation. Attorney Crichton is an experienced personal injury lawyer who has a long track record of successfully advocating for his clients to reach lucrative settlements or exhaust their insurance policies. Attorney Crichton will work to ensure that you have the best outcome possible and are fairly compensated for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. Attorney Crichton will collect evidence, review medical records and incident reports, and negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf. You can be assured your case is in good hands!
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