In the immediate aftermath following a car accident, you may be shocked and overwhelmed. Even an innocent driver may get hit, and you might be focused on whether or not the accident was your fault. If it was your fault, you might be stressed over the possible ramifications. However, acting right after the accident is essential to having the best outcome and avoiding future problems. Here are some of the most common things that drivers forget after an accident:
Forgetting to call for help. In the immediate aftermath of an accident you are probably asking yourself what happened, how it happened, and how you will pay for any damage that occurred as a result. You might be trying hard to contact the other parties involved and wonder if they were responsible. However, if there is any medical injuries that need treatment your first focus should be calling for emergency assistance. There is an added benefit to calling for help in that a police report will be filed. This is useful because there is a record in case the other party disputes what happened. Insurance companies might also ask for this information, which can expedite your claims process.
Forgetting to remain calm. Often in an accident, tensions are running high and you are disappointed by what happened. However, if you are the victim and feel wronged or the one at fault and feel accused, rein in your temper so that you avoid saying more than you should. Often times an accident victim will either accept the blame in the immediate aftermath or say something that hurts their case because of high emotions.
Forgetting to document. While you might have an excellent memory, the only way to actually make sure you have the facts down is to write them down. Photographs are also necessary, as well as the contact information for any witnesses or other involved parties. Make sure you get the address or intersection where the accident occurred.
Forgetting to move out of the way. Something small that can lead to big consequences is not moving your car following the accident. If you get hit on a busy roadway and there is no damage to the car that makes it a danger to drive, it is advisable that you move out of the roadway. This can prevent being hit again by distracted drivers and even violating traffic laws.
As you deal with the aftermath of an accident, call the Kyle Law Firm today so we can help you get the best settlement outcome.