Your safety and the safety of others with you is the number one priority in an accident.
- Call 911 as soon as you can
- Don’t move your car, unless instructed to do so by the police or for public safety.
- If it’s safe and you are feeling well enough, document the crash site with pictures and take notes.
- Do not leave until the police arrive no matter how minor the collision.
Make sure you get the information of those involved in the accident and check their well-being. For all, including witnesses, get the following information:
- name, address, phone numbers, e-mail
- insurance company information
- plate numbers, makes and models of the vehicles involved
If you are in an unfamiliar area, record street names or other landmarks like businesses.
Look around for any surveillance cameras on the street or nearby business which may have captured some or part of the accident, or the speed of the cars before the crash. Record their locations for future reference.
Do not admit fault or apologize to anyone.
Do not leave until the police say you can go.
Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, you should make an appointment to get checked out ASAP by a convenient walk-in center or your Primary care doctor.
This is especially true if you are experiencing any headaches, numbness, or tingling in your arms hands or legs.
Immediate documentation and evaluation of your injuries is extremely important for the fair and timely resolution of your injury claim. Remember to make a log daily of any symptoms from your injuries.