5 Good Tips after you have been in a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, a checklist is a vital way to make sure that you have not overlooked anything after you leave the accident scene. Most likely, your mind will be racing with thoughts such as what should I do next? Was the accident my fault? Is everyone okay? This car accident checklist is designed to help you gather critical data if you get into an automobile accident.
- Check to immediately see if any of your passengers were bruised during the vehicle accident- Feel free to call 911-emergency help if you or anyone in any vehicle needs medical attention. Don’t try to move an unconscious person, unless it is needed. Often times, moving a person after a serious personal injury can aggravate or worsen an injury. If you move an injured person, make sure that their neck and head were supported. Ask for help from other nearby parties if you need it to ensure the person’s body remains as stable as possible.
- Find a Safe Area- Get yourself to a safe area, such as sidewalk or parking lot, but remain at the scene of the car accident. If your car is badly damaged and won’t turn on, open your hood and put your flashers on to warn other drivers who may be approaching the area. Your safety is most important.
- Call the nearby police station if the vehicle accident involves death, injury or damage- Be sure to dial 911-emergency response if the auto accident involves death, personal injury or damage, especially in instances of hit-and-run driving. The 911 representative will initiate the best assistance such as CHP, police or ambulance to the scene of the car accident.
- Obtain information from all the other drivers and witnesses involved in the car accident- You will need to gather the following information from all witnesses, passengers and drivers of the accident: Name, Address, City, Home Number, Mobile Number and Work Number. It’s helpful if you can gather the other person’s email, Insurance Company, Policy Number and Coverage Limits.
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor- Many times; initial injuries are spotted right after the accident takes place. However, many people may suffer from personal injury but not have realized it immediately following an automobile accident. Therefore, it is always wise to see your doctor to make sure that you are okay. As to seeing a doctor, often people are offered an ambulance ride, which they turn down. Often, people strike their head, are confused and really not in a position to say “yes” or “no” to the ambulance ride. Or, one may have a passenger, especially a child in the car, and not think about themselves. If an ambulance ride is offered, and if you are unsure as to whether or not you’re injured, you may want to take the ambulance ride to be on the safe side.
Hopefully, these tips will greatly help you know what to do after a car accident in the event you are ever involved in one. Visit our local Elk Grove personal injury law office here.