If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the scene can be chaotic, overwhelming and stressful. However, the actions you take following one of these crashes are not only vital to your health and safety, but your individual legal rights as well.
To help you better understand what these actions entail, this blog post will discuss in detail the steps you need to take following a crash.
The fastest way to get your accident on record and contact emergency medical services is to call 911 immediately after the crash. This can quickly provide medical help to those who need it, and when police get to the scene, they can begin their investigation into the accident. If you decide to pursue a legal claim, the police report can provide vital information.
If it is safe to do so, collect as much evidence from the scene as you can. Include pictures and videos of the cars involved, visible injuries, skid marks on the road and any traffic signs near the accident. Also make a record of the weather conditions at the time of the accident and any other details that could be relevant.
Get witness details
If anyone at the accident scene saw what occurred, make sure you get their name and contact information. Their statements can provide you with crucial evidence you need to help prove what happened and substantiate your claims.
Get driver information
Get information from every driver involved in the car crash. This information should include names, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers and insurance information.
Be careful about what you say
As you talk to the other drivers and the witnesses at the scene, be careful. Do not take blame or admit fault. These statements could hurt your case. However, if you hear any of the other motorists or individuals at the scene make statements of apology, write down what they said.
Write everything in a journal
Following the accident, use a journal to write everything that happened. Do not forget to include details about how you feel, the medical treatments you had to go through and the pain and suffering you are experiencing.
Over time, memories of the accident can fade. A journal can help refresh these memories and provide your attorney with information that is important for your case.