Being involved in an auto-accident, irrespective of who is to blame, is always a terribly unfortunate situation to survive. After the accident, there are a few important steps one must take in order to ensure that the accident itself is the worst aspect of the whole ordeal. These steps are crucial to ensure that the accident is managed in a way where one is legally correct and least likely to incur any extra woes, whether private, legal, or financial.
It is critical that after an accident, one takes a brief moment to collect oneself. After the crash, one’s actions can establish several things that range from how the case is handled in court to the way the other party deals with you throughout the time of the accident and during the period after. Staying calm, or at least collecting oneself, is also the best course of action for maintaining one’s health, both mental and physical.
2) Secure your surroundings
The scene of an accident isn’t a safe place to be. In many cases, the accident occurs on streets that tend toward moderate to heavy traffic levels. If one finds himself in an accident, one of the main things to do is to evaluate the surroundings and determine what could be done to make them safer. When it’s moving the cars to the side of the street or opening the hood of the car, an individual should always be sure that the place is the safest it can possibly be. If you feel the surrounding area is too dangerous to stay in, leave immediately with another driver/drivers to a place that’s safe.
3) Call the police
This is a measure that some people do not believe is necessary if the police don’t arrive to the scene automatically or if the injury is a small one. Generally, both parties should use appropriate discretion in deciding to call the police. The police will file a report that will become an important document in regard to legal implications.
4) Exchange Information
No matter which sort of accident one is involved in, information should always be revealed between both parties involved. The encompassing list of information which should be gathered and exchanged includes the name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number for the driver and the owner of each vehicle.
5) Photograph and document
So as to have evidence of what transpired and the effects of the accident itself, it is important that one photographs the scene of the collision. If there are witnesses to the collision, it’s a really good idea to gain their testimonial in order to have additional sources of evidence.