A car accident can be a very confusing, even traumatic experience for a Berks County resident. Even if a person hasn't suffered any obvious injuries, it can be hard to deal with. And if a person has been injured, it is that much more challenging. How does one help the injured while taking care of oneself and fulfilling one's legal responsibilities? This blog post will discuss this in a little more detail.
After an accident, it is important to remain at the scene until it is appropriate to leave. By staying at the scene, a driver can render aid and not run afoul of Pennsylvania's laws against hit-and-run driving.
The first priority after an accident should be checking on the health and safety of everyone involved in the accident. Call for emergency services if anyone has been injured. Don't move people who are unconscious or have neck or back pain unless absolutely necessary. Instead, let first responders treat them.
Police should be called if there has been death, injury or significant property damage. Get the names and badge numbers of the officers who respond, and ask that a police report be filed.
Drivers should get names, addresses and insurance information from the other drivers. Drivers can ask other drivers if they are OK but should avoid making statements that could be construed as admitting legal liability for the accident. Be cooperative and cordial throughout.
Drivers should get in touch with their auto insurance carrier as soon as possible after the accident. Be frank with them about what happened. Serious problems could result if an insurance company finds out that their customer lied to them about what happened.