Being part of a car accident is not something you dream of. Instead, it's something you attempt to avoid at all costs.
If you happen to find yourself in this situation, you can relieve some of your stress by knowing which steps to take.
Here are a few things you absolutely need to do (or try to do):
- Move your vehicle to safety, such as the side of the road
- Check yourself for injuries (as well as anyone else in the vehicle)
- Call 911, so that police and an ambulance make their way to the scene as soon as possible
- Gather information, such as contact and insurance details for the other person or people involved in the crash
- Document what went wrong, which may include taking pictures to back up your claim
- Contact your insurance company so they know that you were part of an accident
It sounds simple enough to take these steps after a car accident, but you may run into some challenges along the way. The reason for this is simple: You'll have a lot going on around you, which can get you off track.
The most important thing to remember is that your health is top priority. Once you're feeling better and know what type of future treatment you'll require, you can then focus on the details of the crash and what you can do to make things right.
If the other driver was at fault, there are many steps you can take on your way to seeking compensation. You don't want to leave any stone unturned.
Source: Esurance, "How to handle a car accident in 7 easy steps," accessed Feb. 27, 2018