Unfortunately, car accidents have become commonplace these days due to a variety of reasons. In contrast to several decades ago, we see a massive number of vehicles on the road. In fact, recent statistics show just in Jupiter alone, the population has increased from 10,000 to nearly 65,000 residents. Vehicles are traveling at higher speeds, and many drivers are more distracted. All of this translates into more accidents occurring on our roadways. Besides all the precautions you might follow as a responsible driver, it is also important to know what actions need to be taken if you, by chance, are involved in a car accident.
Following certain guidelines after a car accident is one of the most important things you can do to protect not only yourself, but your family and loved ones. Being prepared can help you to prevent further injuries and damages, and also serves to protect your legal interests if you decide to pursue a personal injury or property damage claim. Having an idea about what to do prior to a car accident even happening is a really smart approach. That is because, after being involved in an accident, you may feel frustrated, shaken and confused.
Here are a few essential things you should do if you are ever involved in a car accident:
1. Stay calm (and that is very important)
It is pretty natural to experience shock and other difficult emotions immediately after an accident. However, if you panic, things may only get worse. Try taking a couple of deep breaths to try to relax before acting. Being clear-headed will lead to fewer mistakes. After an accident you should immediately call 911. If you cannot safely leave the car, put your hazards on. If
you are in a dangerous location and can move your car out of the way, do so.
You should call the police immediately, especially if there are injured individuals. Some people believe that if there is not a lot of property damage to the cars, then the police do not need to be involved. This is absolutely incorrect. You should, in all instances, notify the police.
On top of that, you should also call your insurance company to notify them of the accident.
3. Note down everything
If you can find a piece of paper and a pen/pencil, or even use your cell phone, you should write down events that occurred just before and just after the accident. That is because, recalling at a later time can sometimes be difficult for many victims after the accident. Memories fade. You should note down contact information of the other parties, their insurance company details, and contact information of all witnesses, when available. Do not rely solely upon the police to get witness information. Sometimes witnesses leave before the police arrive. Also, you should strictly avoid discussing about the accident with external parties, and do not post about the accident on any form of social media.
Last, but not least, you should seek the assistance of an experienced auto accident lawyer so you can get professional help to protect your interests. The instructions your attorney offers will play a decisive role when it comes to the holding the responsible parties accountable for your injuries, damages and financial losses.