What to Do If You’re Involved in a Car Accident
In 2021, there were 648 fatal car accidents in Arkansas and thousands more non-fatal accidents. When you get in an accident, there are a lot of emotions, including fear, worry, frustration, and doubt. To help you deal with your feelings and make the right decisions, follow this list of steps to keep you safe.
6 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
One of the most important things you can do before any emergency, like a car crash, is to read up on your insurance coverage and know what is covered. Having this knowledge will help you navigate the next several steps.
Step 1: Check Yourself and Fellow Passengers for Injuries
After an auto accident, you must seek medical attention and ensure everyone involved is okay–starting with yourself. Before you can take care of others, you must ensure you are safe and don’t have serious injuries. If you are healthy and safe, you can begin checking on other passengers in your vehicle.
Step 2: Move Yourself and Vehicle to Safety (If Possible)
If you’ve determined everyone is safe, move your vehicle to the side of the road. Not only does this keep you out of harm’s way, but it also prevents traffic from building up on the road. Once you are on the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights for safety.
Step 3: Contact Law Enforcement
After moving your vehicle to the side of the road, call the police.
When you dial 9-1-1, emergency services and law enforcement will quickly come to the accident scene and help you and the passengers. When the police arrive, they will take statements from those involved in the accident and witnesses.
Step 4: Exchange Information with Other Driver
For insurance purposes, you must share information with the other driver. This information will help you file a claim and give your insurance company and law enforcement essential details to decide who is at fault. During this conversation, do not own responsibility or blame another driver.
Step 5: Call Insurance Company
Once you have the other driver’s insurance information, you can call your insurance company and file your claim.
While on the phone with the insurance agent, do not tell them it was your fault or blame another driver–they are to look at images of car damage, property damage, and the police report before concluding your insurance claim.
Step 6: Find a Reputable Lawyer
Whether or not you think the accident is your fault, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice and representation. Finding a lawyer is not an admission of guilt. Instead, it prepares you for discussing your case should it go to court.
After a car accident, your mind is rushing, and you have many emotions. These six steps are essential for anyone involved. However, step six requires the help of an expert. Hickey & Hull Law Partners has over 70 combined years of experience. We promise to provide professional service, prompt communication, and persistent work on your case. Contact us today to get started on your case.