Here are a few pointers:
- Check and make sure that you and your passengers are okay, then see if anyone else is injured from the crash. If there are injuries, call for an ambulance immediately!
- Don’t move anyone that is badly injured unless there is a danger for greater injury by leaving them where they are. If you are hurt and are not in grave danger, it is usually best to remain in your car until medical help arrives.
- Leave your car where it is until the police tell you it is okay to move your car.
- If you are on the highway, or in direct path of moving traffic, get yourself and your passengers to a safe location.
- Dial 911 and ask for help. The police and emergency services usually respond faster if there are injuries, or drugs or alcohol are involved.
- Go to the hospital for your injuries. The sooner you get checked out by a doctor, the better it will be for your case.
Note—the insurance companies love to say later that you must not have been hurt because you waited a long time before you saw a doctor. Avoid this insurance trick by getting checked out as soon as possible after the crash.
- Take photographs of the damaged vehicles, skid marks, traffic signals, signs, and the various points of view that each driver would have had before the crash.
- Obtain and preserve any information, such as the identity of witnesses who may be able to help explain that the other driver was at fault. Get the other driver’s name, address, and insurance company, as well as the other vehicle’s owner information.
- Tell the police what happened but do not give any other statements to any other “investigators” for the other parties. There will be plenty of time to give statements later.
Note—do not give a recorded statement to anyone without speaking to an attorney first.
- Do not admit fault!
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