Millions of drivers experience car accidents every year, however, many drivers don’t know what to do when they get into one.
While an individual driver may only experience less than a handful of car accidents in a lifetime, it can help to know some important steps to take. Here’s what you should know:
Check for injuries
The first thing drivers should consider doing is checking themselves and passengers for any injuries. If a passenger appears unconscious, then it may be wise to keep them still until medical professionals arrive on the scene.
Move to a safe place
Once it’s clear that everyone has sustained zero or minor injuries, it can help to move vehicles to a safe place. If possible, drivers can move their vehicles to the side of the road. With the vehicle out of the road, there is less chance that further accidents will happen.
Call the police
It’s important that drivers contact the police shortly after an accident. The police should arrive at the scene and create a report of the accident.
Some people will try to convince others not to call the police. However, not contacting the police after a car accident could create legal issues and may jeopardize any insurance claims.
Get a medical evaluation
Whether or not drivers and passengers sustained any injuries, it’s important to get seen by medical professionals. Paramedics should create a report of a driver’s medical condition. The report could also be useful if a hidden injury becomes clear shortly after an accident.
When possible, drivers should collect evidence of an accident. The driver can take pictures of any damages to their vehicle and the other driver. They may take pictures of the other driver’s license and insurance. And, it may help to take pictures of any injuries.
Drivers may also get more evidence if they can find any witnesses. A witness may have seen the events that led up to the accident.
Many road users suffer severe injuries after car accidents. It can help victims to learn about their legal options if they are seeking compensation for their medical bills and repair costs.