Car accidents happen every day, and they often happen in a split second, with no warning whatsoever. It’s not something you can accurately predict or avoid. Moreover, it has nothing to do with your own skill as a driver. You could be driving flawlessly on the way to work one morning when someone merges into the side of your car on the interstate, forcing you off of the road and into a tree.
It’s their fault, but what should you do next? Here are a few steps to take:
What you need to do after a crash
- First and foremost: Call emergency services. Get medical assistance. Seek help for anyone who is injured — you, the other driver, people in either car, or anyone else. Nothing is more important than prompt care, as that fast response can make all the difference.
- With that taken care of, you want to get any official information exchanges out of the way. For instance, you may want to talk to the other driver to get their insurance information and to take a picture of their driver’s license.
- Next, you can begin gathering evidence. Pictures are the best way to go. With modern smartphones, it only takes a second to take pictures or even video footage of the scene. This can help to show what happened, why it happened, what conditions were like and who was at fault.
- Pictures are not your only source of evidence, though. You may also need to talk to the police and get a copy of the police report. You may want to get contact information from witnesses who saw the crash and can back up your story.
- Even if you get all of this done, stay at the crash scene. Do not leave — unless, of course, you got injured and you’re leaving in the back of an ambulance. Otherwise, always remain on the scene to avoid causing legal problems, even when you are sure that you did not cause the crash.
Once you have done all of this, it’s time to start looking into your legal options. If you or anyone else in your car got injured in the crash, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages and more.