The seconds after a car accident can be disorienting and scary, but it’s important to remember that no matter how
small the accident may seem, the effects can be serious. The choices you make next can be vital in determining
fault, medical expenses, and costly damages. You can make a checklist of these steps to ensure that your safety and
well-being are protected in the aftermath of a car accident.
- Remain calm – you’ll need to try your best to relax and stay focused, the next steps you take are essential for your health and safety. Remember, there is no such thing as “too much” when it comes to documenting the details or your accident.
- Call police and emergency services if you are able, and make sure to file a report when the time comes. Remember, when speaking to any law enforcement you should only be reporting facts, not opinions or emotions. Using phrases such as “I didn’t see you”, “I don’t know what happened”, and even “I’m sorry” can be serious admissions of guilt, and can be used against you in court.
- As we’ve said, there is no such thing as “too much” when it comes to photos, reports, and details of the accident. Collect insurance information, photos of the scene and vehicles involved, injuries, as well as personal information including driver’s licenses and contact information. This evidence may seem overkill at the time, but could truly make a difference in the case that complications arise in your claim.
- Record a statement as quickly as possible after the accident. Details from before, during, and after the accident are extremely important and will begin to fade from memory the longer you wait.
- Even if you don’t think you need medical attention, you should still seek it out immediately. You may have internal or unknown injuries that occurred as a result of the accident, and it’s important to make sure these unknown injuries aren’t life-threatening.
- Contact your insurance company to file a claim and report the accident. Besides seeking medical care, this will be the most important step after a car accident. When contacting your insurance company, do not admit fault or guilt in any way. Report only the facts, and refer back to your documentation from the day of your accident for details.
- Do not accept any damages or payments from your insurance company until you have contacted a personal injury lawyer. We will be able to take down all the information and details you’ve collected and ensure that you’re awarded the compensation you deserve.
At Darwish Law Firm, our experienced and capable lawyers know the physical, emotional, and financial damage that can
occur as a result of a car accident. We want to help you to get back on your feet with minimal repercussions, and
the financial compensation you deserve!