The hardest part about accidents is that they can happen even to the most
careful of drivers. A defensive driver may get rear ended by a careless
driver who was busy texting. But accidents can be less painful if we are
equipped with the right knowledge on how to act, and what not to forget
after an accident has happened.
Forgetting to Call for Immediate Help
Most of the time, after an accident, we get out of our cars and talk to
the other people involved, asking:
- What happened?
- Was the other driver paying attention?
- Does he have insurance?
- Will his insurance cover your repairs?
We usually trust the other person’s word and just keep a ‘gentleman’s
agreement’ without getting the authorities involved. However, this
is not the best idea. Calling 911 to report the accident not only ensures
that a record of the incident is being created, it also helps you verify
if the person you are exchanging agreements with is trustworthy. Furthermore,
insurance companies usually ask for police reports of the accident, and
at times, these reports can expedite claims in the future.
Forgetting to Calm Down
Sure, an accident causes emotions to run wild – whether it is fear,
anger, anxiety or even shock. But it is best to keep your cool, regardless
if you are the victim or not, to avoid further misunderstandings that
could delay a resolution. An accident is already an unwanted, unexpected
event, and given that, it eats up time that should have been spent some
place else. Getting too emotional could possibly lead us to saying more
than we should, which may end up being detrimental to our case.
Forgetting to Document What Happened
Given the height of emotions and thoughts running in our minds, it is possible
to just want to get everything done and over with. Do not do this. Document
the wreck – take pictures, write down descriptions, and jot down
even what happened before the accident such as, what street you were driving
on, where you were turning, and where you saw the other car coming from.
These will all help when the insurance company requests documentation
of the accident.
Forgetting to Move Your Car to the Side of the Road
After documenting the accident, do not forget to move your car away from
traffic, if it can still be driven and if it is safe to do so. Otherwise,
turn your hazard lights on and seek help from a police officer to have
the car towed.
Forgetting to Think of the Accident’s Aftermath
A car accident is never pleasant. It leaves not only financial damages,
but possibly physical, emotional and mental trauma. Do not only focus
on the damages that the car sustained, but also look into your own injuries
and to those who were with you during the accident. Seeking not only medical,
but more importantly legal help is of utmost importance to ensure you
are well-represented by a firm that supports your best interests.Contact the professionals at
The Kyle Law Firm today for a free consultation.