Almost every single driver on the road today will experience some sort of a minor accident, collision, or significant car crash at one point or another. While a vehicular accident may be quite stressful and terrifying, you should be prepared to take a few steps after the fact. For example, keeping a clear head and weighing your options is always beneficial.
The First Steps
To start, immediately following an accident, seek out help. If you, or anyone else, has been injured in the crash, call 911 and speak with the operator to acquire an ambulance on-scene as soon as possible. If you are unable to move or simply do not have a mobile phone, ask the first person on the scene for assistance.
Next, make sure you and the area are safe. If needed, it is best to move your vehicle from the direct line of traffic to prevent further accidents or injuries. If the vehicle is operable, relocate it to the side of the road.
Details, Details, Details
When it comes to a car accident, you need as many details as possible. Exchange personal, contact, and insurance information with the other driver or individuals involved in the accident. If you have a mobile phone, snap a few pictures of the scene and the damage to your car for the insurance company.
Whatever you do, however, do not admit fault for the accident. Ask for insurance information, but do not apologize for making a mistake while driving or admit to any such mistake. Doing so may implicate you in the accident, which will cost more down the road and make things more difficult.
For more information on what to do following a car accident, please call Attorney Todd Durham at (972) 363-0046. We would be happy to answer any questions you may currently have.