How to Handle an Auto Accident

by Terry Bryant

After the screech of tires and the sound of metal hitting metal, many drivers spiral into a panic when they are involved in an auto accident.  Avoid a panicked response by keeping these pointers in mind if you find yourself as the victim of a car crash:

  • Keep Your Cool. If another driver has hit you, a natural response is anger.  Calm yourself so that you can effectively handle the situation.
  • Report the Crash. Call the police to report the claim so an officer can be dispatched to the scene and document the accident.
  • Exchange Information. Get the other driver’s name, contact information, license plate number, driver license number, and insurance information.  Do not offer information on how the accident happened.  If the other driver admits fault, do your best to record this admission in writing or on video.
  • Take property damage pictures of both cars and scene of the crash before any vehicle is driven or towed away.  Also, take pictures of any visible injuries.
  • Seek Medical Care. Sometimes, accident victims are transported to the emergency room in an ambulance.  Other times, people are so focused on property damage that they do not discover injuries and soreness until a day or so later.  If you are experiencing any medical symptoms after an accident, promptly seek medical care.

Following these pointers will help you best preserve your rights of compensation for property damage and personal injury.  If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a Board Certified personal injury attorney about your potential claim.