Act Now: What to Do Immediately after an Accident
If you’ve ever been in an accident, you know things are confusing and hectic. However, despite the pain and shock, if your injury is not too severe, you should slow down and gather information for your claim. The more information you have, the better your case will be.
Get Medical Attention
Of course, at the scene of the accident, your first priority is safety and getting people help. Have someone call 911 and perform first aid if necessary. In a motor accident, make sure someone moves cars to the side of the road to prevent further accidents.
If you are injured, give paramedics a detailed description of pains, bruises and bumps. These records will be useful later on. If your pain continues, see a doctor and seek treatment. This also helps build a case that your injuries are severe, since they required immediate attention.
Get Contact Information
With any accident, even fender benders, you need to get the other person's name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, as well as their insurance company name, phone number and policy number. You can easily take a photo of their license and insurance card.
However, there is other information you should gather to help your claim. Record the number of people in involved vehicles, as well as their names, addresses and phone numbers. Try to locate as many witnesses as possible and get their contact information as well, including email addresses.
If emergency services are called, get not just the names and badge numbers of responding police officers, but also their department, their phone numbers and their police report numbers. This will help you track them down for questions later on.
Also write down your location and the date and time of day. The more information, the better.
These days, most people have a cell phone with a camera. If you don't, pack a disposable camera in your car or on your person. Photographic evidence is invaluable evidence.
At the scene, you should take pictures of damage to your own car and any other cars involved. If the accident involved a cyclist, take a picture of their bike. Take pictures of dents, scratches and skid marks. If a stoplight is out, take a picture. If there's damage to road signs, guardrails, trees or private property, take a picture.
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