With about 6 million car accidents happening across the United States each year, you’re more than likely to be involved in a crash at some time or another.
After an accident, it’s important to remember that there are only two things you need to address with the other drivers at the scene.
“Are you okay?”
It’s easy to feel frustrated or upset after a car accident but taking these feelings out on the other drivers could lead to violence or other larger issues. Directly following the accident, you should ask the other involved parties if they are okay and relay whether you or your passengers need medical attention.
Some injuries may become life-threatening if they aren’t tended to in a timely fashion.
“Let’s call for help”
Your next point of interest is to ensure that your side of the story is heard. To do this, you’ll need to call the police. When officers arrive at the scene, they’ll collect insurance information from the involved drivers and take record of each driver’s recollection of what happened.
Having this information on record can help substantiate an injury claim. However, it’s important that you don’t admit to any blame for the accident. You can avoid making this mistake by having an attorney speak on your behalf.
What an attorney will address
While you’ll likely want to ask the other drivers what they were doing to determine how the accident happened and who is at fault, you should leave this job up to an attorney.
A personal injury attorney can investigate the scene to obtain security footage, cellphone records and other information that can help demonstrate the events that unfolded in your favor.