The scene of a crash can be overwhelming, and you may not be sure what you need to do. Between injuries, the damage to your vehicle and all the people talking at the scene, it can be difficult to focus.
It’s helpful to know what steps to take before a crash ever occurs.
After an auto accident, there are a few things that you should remember to do. Having the right information can help you take the correct steps to help yourself and get the compensation you need.
What do you need to do after a crash?
After a crash, it’s important for you to put yourself first. That means that if you or those with you are injured, you need to call 911 and ask for medical assistance.
If you’re able to do so, check on the other people involved in the crash, so you can inform the emergency operator and let the paramedics know what to expect.
After calling 911, the police, fire department and paramedics should arrive at the scene shortly. If the police talk to you, make sure you don’t say or do anything that could suggest that you’re at fault, such as apologizing. It’s best to allow the police to take down information at the scene that is factual, such as, “the other driver ran a red light.”
Following this, it’s necessary for you to go to the hospital. Even if you’re concerned about the cost of your care, you should seek medical attention to make sure you know which injuries you have. Your doctors will set up a treatment plan to help you recover.
Finally, remember that the insurance agency for the other driver may try to call or contact you. You do not have to speak with them or negotiate with them directly. It may be helpful to refer them to your attorney’s office, so you don’t say or do something that could hurt your right to make a claim against the at-fault driver.
If you remember to get medical care, keep your documents and avoid negotiating with the insurance company before you’ve had a chance to speak with your attorney, you’ll be in a better position to seek fair compensation moving forward.