The moments after an accident are the most confusing and scary, and it can be hard to keep a level head. It can be even harder to know what to do first, and what steps to take that will help you. The first thing you should do is call the police and then move to the side of the road, if you can do so without injury. If you are unable to clear your vehicle or others involved from the road, stay put and call for help. The actions you take after an accident can dictate how any claim you make plays out, and so should be done with thought.
Five things to do after an accident and that will be beneficial to your personal injury claim are:
- Exchange insurance information with all other drivers involved.
- Identify witnesses and write down their names and phone numbers. It is best for witnesses to remain at the scene and give a statement to the police. But, if a witness is unable to hang around, make sure you obtain their information before they go.
- Take photos of the damage to your property and of any personal injury you have suffered. Even a snapshot on your cellphone will work; the key is to document the damage and personal injuries as they appear at the time of the accident.
- Do not leave the accident scene, other than just going a short distance away to stay out of harm’s way.
- Try to assess the injuries of all parties involved, so when the paramedics arrive you can let them know who needs attention first.
Be careful not to make apologies or accept fault at the scene. Giving a statement to the police about the direction cars were travelling and how you felt at the moment of impact are fine, but do not take responsibility for the accident. The police report is a powerful piece of evidence, and when the information contained in the report points to the other driver as the negligent party, your case gets a real boost. If you have more questions about what to do at an accident scene, and how to proceed after being hurt, call our office.
If you have been in a serious accident, call our office to learn what steps to take next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.