What Should You Do After A Car Wreck?
Assemble A Kit
Being prepared can make a difference in your accident case. Keep a kit in your car that includes basic medical supplies, pen and paper, a disposable camera, and medical alert cards. Don’t forget to clip and include this article in your kit.
Assess the Situation
Check to see if you or your passengers are injured, then determine whether it is safe for you to exit your vehicle.
Call the Police
Dial 9-1-1 immediately if anyone is injured. You must call the police even if the accident is minor. Do not leave until they arrive.
Move Out of Harm’s Way
If your vehicle has minor damage and it is safe to do so, move your car out of traffic.
Take photos of vehicle damage and the accident scene if it is safe to do so.
Be sure to get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information. If there were witnesses, you may also ask for their name, phone number, and address.
Speak With the Police
When the police arrive, you should honestly report only the facts of what happened.
Seek Medical Attention
If you were injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think it’s minor. Report all of your symptoms and document the details of your appointment.
Call Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Not knowing what to do next may leave you frightened and confused. For many people, their vehicle is their livelihood, and no car means no way to get to work. An injury only adds to this problem. It’s our job to navigate what comes next.
Our firm can get you in a rental car and back to work, find a doctor to treat your injuries, speak to the insurance company, and help ease the burden of gathering paperwork such as police reports and medical records. For more answers like this one, check us out on Facebook every Friday for the FAQ Video of the Week. Tune in to KALB Thursdays at 11AM for Good Day Cenla’s Legal Difference, in which our attorneys answer your questions.