Just the thought of being in an accident is scary. We all try to talk to our kids about how to avoid car wrecks. When it happens, we wonder whether there is something we could have done differently to avoid the crash. Unfortunately, accidents sometimes occur despite our best preparation. When this happens, what do you do? What is the best way to approach this horrible event that has just taken place?
Hopefully, you are reading this article before an accident occurs. Hopefully, you have not been involved in a wreck that caused injury to you or someone you love.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having been involved in a crash, there are steps you can take. There are things you can do to comply with the law and position yourself in case a lawsuit is necessary or is brought against you.
First, you must stay at the scene of the accident. Move your car to the nearest soft shoulder. Position your car out of the lane of traffic, where it is not likely to create another accident, and turn it off. It is important that you stay at the scene so that you are not charged with hit and run.
If anyone is injured, call 911 so that the police and an ambulance can be on their way. If someone is hurt, do not move them or provide first aid unless you have been trained and certified.
Next, if you are not badly injured, you need to gather and provide information. Collect information about the other drivers in the accident. Make sure you get their names, addresses, license plate numbers, and vehicle registration numbers. Ask to see a copy of their driver’s licenses.
You should also obtain information about how to contact any witnesses. Think especially about other passengers, people in nearby stores or houses, and pedestrians. Find out how to contact them later if you need to hear their side of the story.
Sketch a diagram of the vehicle positions and take pictures of the vehicles and the scene. You should also look around to see if there are any surveillance cameras. These are often located at traffic intersections and nearby businesses.
If you find yourself in the position of having to decide whether to bring a lawsuit about a car accident, remember that you may be entitled to money damages. The attorneys at Wright Pichon & Gray know that accidents cause can completely change your life. We will help you get back on track. Contact us today for a free case review.