Car accidents happen every day. That’s why it is important for drivers of all ages to have a plan of action in mind every time you head out on the road. Should an accident occur, you will be prepared to act.
Tempers may flare between the parties involved in the accident. While this is not unusual, remaining as calm as possible is the best option. This allows you to assess the situation and help anyone who may be injured.
Assess any injuries
The first thing to do is assess your injuries and those of any passengers in your car. Determine whether an ambulance is needed and call the police.
When the police arrive, give them the facts but do not admit fault. They will make a determination based on what they hear and see. Admitting fault may put you in a difficult position should legal action be taken. Likewise, be careful not to make accusations out of fear or anger against the other parties involved.
Allow the paramedics to look you over and do not resist going to the hospital if you are injured. You may have unseen injuries that need to be assessed by a physician.
Document the damage
Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle. Make sure to snap a photo of the other driver’s license plate. Exchange insurance information with the other driver and contact a tow truck if needed.
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.