Do You Know What To Do After A Car Accident?

Do You Know The Car Accident Statistics?

Statistically, in car accidents, over six million happen each year in the United States. Most of the car accidents do only damage to the vehicle and not the occupants.  Moreover, one in three accidents involves injury to the occupants. But, two out of every ten accidents do end up being a car accident. With this in mind, if you are subject to an automobile accident, there are certain things you can do. Evidently, the following ten tips do provide information to protect yourself and your interest.

Do Not Be Confused When This Happens

do you know what to do after a fatal car accident

Do you know that you should never drive away from the scene of an accident? Do not even drive away from a minor accident or fender bender.

Do you know what to do if it’s dark? If it’s dark and your lights don’t work, you should have a flashlight, reflective triangle, or flares. These will keep you and the scene safe while you wait in your disabled car or by the side of the road.

Call the police, even if there are no serious injuries. Because may need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company. The vehicles involved in the accident should remain where they are. But, if they do interrupt the flow of traffic, move them off to the side.

When the police arrive, explain to the officer(s) what occurred. If you do not know what happened, do not lie to the officer. If questioned about your health, but do not know. Be sure to say you don’t know, instead of you aren’t hurt. Most of the time, pain, and injuries from accidents become apparent post-accident. Also, you should fact check any other statements made about the accident.

Do you have a camera? If there is visible damage to you or your vehicle, be sure to take pictures within your means. Take the pictures as soon as possible, after the accident. But not while there is an on-going police investigation.

Although, the investigating officer should gather all information about all parties involved. If the police are not involved, you should take charge. Request the name, address, and phone number of all persons involved in the car accident. Whether they are a driver or a passenger.

Likewise, you should ask for their insurance card and record the information. If there are any witnesses, do get their information. On the off-chance,e your attorney needs to contact them. If the police do show up, you will get a police report number. This allows you to get the police report later on.

Notify the insurance company of the vehicle you were driving as soon as possible. Which, is something most policies ask for, including full cooperation. Double check on your benefits and see if you qualify for a medical relief program. If you do, the insurance company will need your accident-related pain relief medical bills.

Unless you are 100% sure you were not injured in the fatal car accident, you should seek medical attention for pain relief. Do you know that even accidents, with minor impacts, can result in serious or permanent injury?

After a fatal car accident, you should keep all accident-related information and documents together. In particular, a claim number, the claim handler, and everyone’s contact information. As well as any receipts for car rentals or other expenses due to the accident. Do not forget where you put the files when the time comes.

The most important thing to do after a fatal car accident, besides your pain relief health is to contact an attorney. It is important to receive legal advice before making a statement with any companies. Some attorneys do not get paid unless they recover compensation for your injuries. You should contact an attorney that works on a contingency fee if you do not have one already. Do you know your rights after a fatal car accident?

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