Auto accidents are unexpected and stressful events that can have a long-term impact on you and your family. In the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, most people are unsure of exactly what to do. The stress of the accident is emotional, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. We want our readers to feel prepared for unexpected events, so we offer this informative article titled, “What Should I do After an Auto Accident?”
No one plans to be involved in an auto accident, but you can prepare for how to deal with an accident should it occur. Consider the following steps to stay safe and get the help you need:
- Move to Safety: If you can leave your vehicle and get to a safe area, do so as soon as possible. If you can move your vehicle safely, do so to prevent further risk. Never leave your vehicle if you are unsure that it is safe to do so.
- Check on those Involved: If you were involved in an accident with someone else, check to see if anyone is hurt. Help injured persons get to safety when it is safe to do so.
- Call 911: Even if the accident is minor, you should still call 911 as soon as possible. Cooperate with police in filling out an accident report. You don’t have to admit fault or blame anyone else; just give the officer the facts and let them do their job.
- Gather Information: If you are not seriously injured and are able to do so at the scene, gather as much information as you can about those involved in the accident. Try to get the following information:
- Names of drivers and passengers involved
- Driver’s license and license plate numbers
- Insurance information
- Eyewitness contact information
- Address/location of the accident
- Name and badge number of responding officers
- Photographs of the accident scene, damage, and injuries (when applicable/appropriate)
- Contact your Insurance: The next step after an auto accident is contacting your insurance company to file a claim. Depending on the company, you will move through a process of providing information, sending in reports, photos, etc., and working through a claims process. But, if there are questions about liability (in other words, whose fault the accident was), or if you were cited, or, if you just have many questions, you might want to take the next step before you call you insurance carrier.
- Call Giannini Law Office: There are many reasons why you may benefit from contacting an attorney after an auto accident. Some of the most common reasons why people may need an attorney after an accident include:
- If the accident was someone else’s fault and you were injured
- If the at-fault party was uninsured or did not have enough insurance to cover your claim
If you or someone you love has either been involved in an auto accident please contact Giannini Law Office. We can help you through this difficult time.