On our blog, we regularly discuss different types of motor vehicle accidents scenarios in Pennsylvania and how they relate to the law. If you are involved in a car accident tomorrow, however, do you know what you should do after? Many people have some idea, but not a complete picture, of how to protect themselves in the immediate aftermath of a crash. In today's post, we will walk you through some basic steps to follow if you are ever involved in a crash.
After an accident, most people know that exchanging personal information and insurance information is important. But what else should you do? Here are seven steps to follow after an accident:
- Do not leave the scene. If you leave the scene, you risk being charged with hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injuries.
- Make sure everyone is OK. If anyone is injured, call for medical attention.
- Call the police. If police come to the scene, ask them to file a police report, and make sure to get their badge numbers.
- Ask witnesses what they saw. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask for their names and contact information and whether they've ever seen a crash in the area before. Certain intersections of stretches of road may have a history of accidents.
- Take pictures of property damage. Use your phone at the scene or take photos as soon after the accident as you can to document any damage.
- Record medical treatment and health concerns. Detailed records of treatments you have received as well as how your injuries have impacted your day-to-day life can be very helpful when seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
- Talk to an attorney. If you were injured in a crash, it is important to understand that your insurance company may not have your best interests at heart. An experienced personal injury lawyer can work with your insurance company to protect your best interests.
Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed March 20, 2015