Instead of picking up pieces of your broken bumper or calling your insurance company in the middle of a busy highway, you should consider your safety first after a car accident. In fact, there are steps you can take at the scene to ensure you can tie all loose ends that result from the crash.
After getting in a car accident there is a lot to process. You’ll likely wonder about the extent of your injuries, question if you will be able to drive your car again and think about how you will come up with all the money to pay for everything. But if the impact of the crash wasn’t too severe, you should assess the scene, call for help and speak to the other party.
Call for help
According to state law, it’s essential for California residents to report accidents with significant property damage, injuries or death to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Although, a police report isn’t necessary for a DMV report, it offers a written record of the accident from both sides. Plus, at the scene, is where the details of the crash might be most accurate because of how are fresh they are in your memory.
You don’t have to decide on the spot if you plan to file for compensation after an accident. But, any level of follow-up will be a lot easier if you speak to the other driver. Record all identifying details listed on their driver’s license, their phone number, their license plate number and their insurance policy information.
Assess the scene
While you are at the scene, try writing down on paper or typing a memo in your phone, a list of all the details about the accident that come to mind. This can include the time, the location, the road conditions, the weather, the condition of the other party’s vehicle and any pain you are feeling. It can also be useful to take pictures of the scene and wreckage.
Don’t take the blame
When you get out of the car and check on the other party, it might be hard to react neutrally instead of expressing sympathy for everyone involved. But it’s important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t hint at any fault if you hope to recover any damages.
After taking all these steps, you still might face uncertainty as you try to interpret the legal ins and outs of car accidents. Thankfully, there are experienced personal injury attorneys that can help you or your loved ones regain any losses that happened as a result of a car crash.