Likelihood of accidents increase
School is well underway, and as the weather grows more inclement, there are increasing numbers of cars on the road. As the holiday season approaches, there are more reasons for people to be on the roads, and quite naturally, the odds of drivers being involved in an accident goes up exponentially. Of course, there are different levels of accident, but in every accident, if you are able, you should take steps to insure that you are protected both physically and legally. We hope that you will not be one of the unfortunate motorists that is involved in an accident, yet if you are, you should know what to do in the aftermath of a collision. The steps you take in the short moments following an accident can prevent further injuries, and give you the best chance to let professionals determine how the accident happened. If you are involved in a traffic accident, your first reaction should be to focus on keeping calm, and follow this advice:
Handy tools before an accident occurs
Nearly every driver carries a cell phone; and it should be one of your most helpful tools when you witness or are involved in an accident Your cell phone camera is particularly handy because it give you an accurate and legal way to document damage and position of the vehicles at the scene. In addition to your camera, you should have a pen and notepad in your glove box. If you have chronic medical conditions, list them on an index card, along with information about medical allergies or conditions that may require special attention from first responders.
You should also make a list of contact numbers for the state patrol or law enforcement. Most insurance provide free accident information forms. Some insurance companies utilize smart phone apps that can walk you through all the necessary steps to gather information. However, it is not guaranteed that your cell phone will be operable or even easy to find if injured in an accident. Road safety items such as flares, warning triangles, and flashlights can help to avert further injury or accidents. It would be a great idea to carry a lightweight, high visibility vest in the trunk or glove compartment.
Safety at the scene
I you are involved in a minor accident with no serious injuries, move cars to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving cars in the middle of the road or a busy intersection can lead to additional accidents and/or injuries. If a car is unable to be moved, drivers and passengers should remain in the cars with seatbelts fastened until help arrives. Be sure that your hazard lights are on and set out cones, flares, or warning triangles to warn approaching drivers of the obstruction.
This reason why it is important to have pre-filled forms is that in the aftermath of an accident, drivers are likely very to be distracted or unable to think clearly and concisely. After the accident, exchange important information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone involved. If you are aware of any witnesses, get their information as well. Make sure you get the name of the insurance company of the other driver(s) involved. You will need to get license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and the names of the vehicle owners. If the driver is different from the name of the insured, establish what the relationship is, and take down the name and address of both individuals. Take photos of the cars, their exact location of the collision. As soon as you can, write down how the accident happened. Share your account of what happened only with law enforcement if they ask, and with your accident attorney. Be polite, but never tell the other driver or the police that the accident was your fault.
Auto accidents can be physically devastating, financially, and emotionally draining. We hope that these tips will make the process as bearable as possible. The key is to try to remain calm, and make safety your primary concern. Your car accident attorney is on your side, and will take the necessary steps to deal with the aftermath of an accident.
One of the top car accident attorneys in Charlotte if injured in an accident
Even if you are not sure that you have a case, your best choice is to seek advice from a car accident 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.