Memorial Day weekend is upon us and car accident lawyers will tell you that thousands of people will be involved in traffic accidents. Hopefully, you will not be one of the unfortunate motorists. However, if you ever are involved in a car accident, do you know what to do in the aftermath of a collision? How you react in the first moments after an accident can prevent further injuries, and give you the best chance to help professionals to determine how the accident happened. If you are involved in a traffic accident, try to keep calm, and follow these steps:
Keep an emergency kit
These days, nearly every driver carries a cell phone; and like the card commercial says, “Don’t leave home without it.” Cell phones with built in cameras are particularly handy because they offer you a way to take photos of the vehicles at the scene. In addition to your camera you should carry pen and paper in your glove box, along with a card that contains information about medical allergies or conditions that may require special attention for you and your family. You should also keep a list of contact numbers for the state patrol. Ask your insurance company for free fill-in-the-blanks accident information forms. Some insurance companies offer smart phone apps that can walk you through all the necessary steps to gather information. In order to avert further injury or accidents, you should also carry a flashlight, a set of cones or warning triangles in the trunk.
Drivers involved in minor accidents with no serious injuries should move cars to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving cars parked in the middle of the road or busy intersection can result in additional accidents and injuries. If a car cannot be moved, drivers and passengers should remain in the cars with seatbelts fastened for everyone’s safety until help arrives. Make sure to turn on hazard lights and set out cones, flares or warning triangles if possible.
After the accident, exchange the pertinent information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone involved including witnesses. Be sure to ask for the insurance company of the other driver(s), driver license numbers. You will need to get license plate numbers for every car involved along with the names of the owner of each vehicle. If the driver’s name is different from the name of the insured, establish what the relationship is and take down the name and address for each individual. Take a picture car, and the exact location of the collision. As soon as you can, write down how the accident happened. Your account of what happened, beyond what is asked by police, should only be shared with your accident attorney. Finally, be polite but never tell the other driver or the police that the accident was your fault. Auto accidents can be physically devastating as well as financially and emotionally draining. Hopefully, these tips on prevention will help make the process as bearable as possible. If you ever are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident; keep calm and make safety your primary concern. Your car accident attorney will have plenty of time to deal with the aftermath of an accident.
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Even if you are not sure that you have a case, your best choice is to seek advice from a car accident injury attorney from the Olive Law Firm. They have been helping residents of North Carolina seek justice for nearly 60 years. Call their office to consult with a car accident lawyer from the Olive law Firm in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville, NC, as well as the surrounding areas.