While there are a number of things that you should do after a car accident, ranging from getting medical care to having your car assessed to determine the cost of repairs, there are a few things to do that are more pressing than others. Here’s a look at five things to do immediately after a car accident. For more information, call our law firm today.
- Check to Make Sure Everyone in the Vehicle is OK
The most important thing to do immediately after a car accident is to pull your vehicle over to a safe location and check to make sure everyone in your vehicle is OK and does not require any emergency assistance. Upon checking that everyone is safe in both your vehicle and the vehicle of the other driver, you should report your accident to the police. If anyone is injured, tell the operator this and wait for further instructions.
- Call the Police
Even if injuries are not serious and your car is not significantly damaged, you should report your accident to the police as soon as possible, preferably while you’re still at the scene of the crash so that an accident report can be filed and evidence can be gathered as early as possible. Keep in mind that if you fail to report your accident, you risk running into complications later on when you file your car accident insurance claim (and may also be in violation of the law).
- Exchange Information with the Other Driver
Take advantage of the time that you have to wait for officers to arrive to the scene to gather information from the other driver; you will need this information when filing your insurance claim. Information that is important to know includes:
- The driver’s name and driver’s license number;
- Vehicle make, model, and license plate number;
- The driver’s car insurance information; and
- Contact information for the driver.
If there were any eyewitnesses to the accident, including any passengers within the other driver’s vehicle, you should also get their information as well. Eyewitnesses can prove very important when it comes to substantiating fault for an accident.
- File a Report with Your Insurance Company
In Massachusetts, it is important that you file a claim with your own insurance company first. If your damages exceed $2,000, you can bring forth an action against the insurance company of the at-fault driver, or file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver. If you delay in reporting your accident to your insurance company, though, you risk forfeiting your right to recover compensation at all. Reporting your accident should be something you do within 48 hours of your collision.
- Call a Lynn Car Accident Lawyer
Finally, do not hesitate to call a Lynn car accident lawyer. A lawyer can open an investigation into your case, gather documents that establish fault and the extent of injuries you’ve suffered, and help you to negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
At the law office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, our Lynn car accident attorney works on a contingency fee basis, and offers consultations free of charge. With more than 30 years’ experience, Deborah Gold-Alexander is the right attorney for the job. Call our law firm today or send us a message telling us more about your accident now.