What To Do After An Accident Of Your Car
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is likely that you will be in some sort of automobile accident in your lifetime. Hopefully it will just be a fender bender and you can cross being in an accident off your list without much pain or suffering.
No matter how severe it is, a car accident can be a stressful and confusing ordeal to go through. So i’ve put together a checklist to help you remain cool and collected in the event of a car accident. Try to do your best to follow these steps:
- Prepare An Emergency Accident Kit
Just like you prepared for the possibility of a blown tire with a spare, jack, and tire iron, so should you prepare in case of an accident. In your glove box (Why is it called a glove box? Does anyone keep gloves in there? Was it named that because in the olden days people had driving gloves? It’s a mystery.) You should have the following items in case of an accident: flashlight, first-aid kit, disposable camera, and a Swiss-army knife. The flashlight and first-aid kit are self-explanatory. The camera, in case you are one of three people in America without a camera-phone is to take pictures of the accident for insurance purposes. The Swiss-army knife is a good thing to have in every situation, but especially handy if you finds yourself bound by your seat-belt.
- If Possible- Pull Off Road
This is for your safety and to respect the other cars on the road that weren’t involved in an accident. If you can move your damaged vehicles to the side of the road everyone will appreciate it. Do not move your vehicle if you suspect there may be a gas leak. If you smell gasoline, move away from your vehicle as soon as you can.
- Exchange Information
This is very important. You need to exchange insurance information so your insurance companies can determine who is at fault. If the person you were in an accident with does not have insurance, be sure to see their I.D. and get their contact information. And make sure you do step #4.
- Call the Police
Having law enforcement come and filing a report with them makes it easier on your insurance company. Also, if you believe the person you were in an accident may have been driving while impaired, it is absolutely necessary for you to have the police determine this for sure. It’s also a good idea to call the police so they can help you safely get off the road and direct traffic around the accident. The police are trained for these situations; so let them do their job.
- Call Your Lawyer
Accidents can be tricky situations when it comes to being compensated for injury, damage to your vehicle, and who is at fault. Your best move is to have a lawyer ready for this sort of occasion. A personal injury lawyer with experience in the field would be best. You don’t want to be scrambling around for a lawyer while the other guy is ready to pin all the blame on you. Sometimes it can be very difficult to assess blame in an accident. The more prepared you are the better the chances you will get a fair shake when it’s all said and done.