The last thing that a person expects when they drive is to be involved in a car accident; unfortunately, they do happen.
According to an early estimate of motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2017 by the US Department of Transportation, there were 37,150 fatalities, which is a slight decrease of about 0.8% as compared to the 37,461 cases in 2016.
These numbers are nothing to sneeze at. You need to drive defensively if you want to be on the safer side. And while this might not make a difference to the negligent and careless drivers, it will minimize the chances of a car crash being your fault.
Statistics reveal that even the most careful and cautious drivers can be involved in a kind of accident during their lifetimes. Knowing this, the question becomes what should you do after a crash. This article will discuss the things that you need to do after an accident that isn’t your fault (or even if it is).
Driving away from the scene of the accident is an offense. You need to stay at the scene until the police arrive. This is regardless of whether the negligent driver flees away after the crash or not. Remain there and report the incident to the law enforcement.
A Khan Law Firm PLLC tip;It’s a good idea to have a notebook and a pen in your car. These can come in handy after an accident. Remember, human memory is patchy at best. Noting down important details will ensure you don’t forget anything.
Call law enforcement immediately
Be sure to call the police following the crash, this is not only the right thing to do, but it will also help enhance your compensation claims. Remaining at the accident scene and talking to the police will also reinforce your case, especially if you were not at fault.
Exchange relevant information
If you want your personal injuries along with damages like car repair and medical bills to be covered, it’s imperative to get their other driver’s insurance details. So get these details, even if it’s only a minor accident;
- Name, phone number and address
- Policy number
- Contact details of the insurance company
- Plate number and driver’s license
Get witness information
Often, witnesses of a car accident are just passersby –unless you get a hold of them, they will disappear in the air. So, get their personal information, like the names, phone number, and address. You can also ask them their thoughts on what conspired. This will help support your case. Don’t forget to note down the officer’s badge number and the ambulance’s contact details.
Photograph the scene
This is especially critical if the police don’t show up and if you are sure that the crash wasn’t your fault. Record videos and photos on your phone of the environment, cars, accident scene, weather, injuries, skid marks, license plates, car damages and everything else that you think will add value.