What to do When in a Car Accident
Written By Harper & Harper
The squealing tires and crushing glass…have you ever been in an accident? Chances are, you have been involved in a car accident or know someone that has. Every year, there are 6 million car accidents in the United States. Sadly, 3 million people are injured in car accidents, (driverknowledge.com).
It’s good to know what to do when you are in a car accident. There are measures that you can take to protect yourself and your family.
Here are some things to remember:
- Remain calm. Take a few deep breaths!
- Stop. Even if it’s just a little fender-bender, make sure to stop.
- Safety. Put on your flashers, or light flares if you have them.
- Police. Stay where you are and call the police. When they arrive, tell them what happened and answer all of their questions accurately.
- Notes. Grab a pad of paper, or take notes with your phone. You’ll want to document everything in great detail. Be sure to ask questions and record any important information.
- Pictures. Take photos of the damage on the vehicles. Inspect your car with a flashlight if it’s dark. Also, take photos of any injuries you or other passengers sustained.
- Information. When the police investigate the scene, they will record all the information from you and the other party involved. You can ask for that information, especially the name and insurance of the driver. Ask the officer how you can obtain a copy of the police report.
- Insurance. Call your insurance company to report the accident. Make sure to note the dates, times, and the name of the person you talked to.
- Medical. It’s a good idea to go to the emergency room to get checked after any accident. Many injuries can go unnoticed at the scene and become visible hours later.
- Lawyer. Call your attorneys at Harper & Harper. It’s imperative to have someone in your corner to help you navigate the aftermath of a car accident. If you have been in an accident, call at: 219-762-9538 or fill out our Contact Form.