A car accident can be one of the most inconvenient and frightening experiences of your life. If you suffer an injury, dealing with the aftermath can also get expensive and time-consuming. The steps you take immediately after a crash may make a difference. You and other Pennsylvania residents might feel better prepared if you know beforehand what to do once an accident has occurred.
The first thing to do after you are in a collision is to get to a safe place, if you are able to move your vehicle. This may be the shoulder of the road or a nearby cross street. If your vehicle is disabled, you might want to get out of traffic and wait somewhere safe, such as a sidewalk. Call an ambulance if you or someone else needs immediate medical attention. Regardless of how minor the accident seems, you should then call the police. It is important for authorities to document the evidence and circumstances surrounding the accident, as this may help your case later.
After taking care of these crucial first steps, other important steps to pursue include:
- Exchanging information with the other drivers involved in the crash, including your names, phone numbers and insurance information. However, you may want to be sure not to say you are sorry, as others may see this as admitting fault.
- Taking pictures of the damage to other vehicles and the accident site, as long as you are able to do so safely.
- Getting the contact information of witnesses.
- Meeting with an attorney.
It may be a good idea to see your doctor within a few days of the crash. Even if you do not immediately feel injured, pain and injuries may show up later. It is important not only to receive treatment for crash-related injuries, but to have them documented for your case.
Being prepared and keeping detailed records following your crash may help your claim and potential personal injury case go more smoothly.