The first few moments after a car accident are a whirlwind of emotion and maybe even pain. You certainly feel confused, scared, and possibly angry. You may not be sure exactly what happened or what to do next.
In the midst of all this chaos, it’s important to try to keep a clear head and take the right steps. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, your actions can either support or hurt your ability to get any money you’re owed for injuries and other losses.
Learn more about the steps to take after a car accident and how a car accident attorney could help.
1. Call for Help From First Responders
The very first thing you should do is call 911 for help. This should bring police and paramedics to the scene. Once help arrives, it’s important that you’re evaluated by medical personnel, even if you don’t feel seriously injured.
Also, talk to the police and tell them the facts of the accident and any pain you’re experiencing so they can include it in the police report. This can serve as important information that could support your claim later on.
2. Move Out of Danger
Are either of the cars still able to be driven? If so, move them to the side of the road. The goal is to make sure that no one else is hurt by oncoming traffic. Likewise, make sure anyone who is safe to move is clear of any danger. If people or vehicles can’t be safely moved, wait until help arrives.
3. Exchange Information
Exchange contact information with the other driver and any witnesses. Also, get the insurance information from the other driver. If they refuse, the police can ask them for it. The contact information of any witnesses can also become important later on if they are willing to testify to what they saw.
4. Take Pictures and Gather Evidence
Next, you’ll want to make a record of the accident that is as detailed as possible. Use your phone to snap photos of the scene, any injuries, and the damage done to both vehicles. Take photos from as many angles as possible, including skid marks or other property damage.
It can even be helpful to draw a diagram of what happened and take notes exactly as you remember the accident. All of this information can serve as valuable evidence to build your case later on.
Call the Thumbs Up Guys®: Your Montgomery Car Accident Lawyers
Finally, get in touch with the Thumbs Up Guys® at Floyd Hunter Injury Law. Our experienced Montgomery car accident attorneys can help you seek every penny you’re entitled to for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of comfort, emotional damages, pain and suffering, and more.