Car accidents are unfortunately very common in the United States. People that find themselves involved in an accident can often be very unsure of what to do after the accident. At BJE Law, P. A., we believe that every driver should know what steps to follow immediately following a car accident. If you don’t make the right decisions after an accident, it could end up costing you big time.
The first step you must take after any accident is to stop your vehicle. You need to get off of the road if possible, and take all possible steps to protect the scene of the accident. Once you know the area is safe, call the police immediately, and do not move your vehicle unless it is in the way of traffic. Once the police arrive, make sure to answer every question as accurately as possible. Avoid guessing if you are unsure. Simply tell the officer that you aren’t sure of the answer. If you think you may be injured, or even if you aren’t sure, make sure you seek medical attention. In many cases, the injuries from car accidents are not noticeable until hours later.
Most people have cell phones equipped with cameras, and BJE Law, P. A. recommends taking pictures of the accident and the surrounding areas. It is also vital that you get the information of all drivers involved, as well as any witnesses. This information can be given to police and to your attorney to better protect your interests. If the police respond and get this information, they will provide a number to get the police report. All details matter to your case.
You should also report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible, and cooperate to the best of your ability. Some accident coverage includes medical expenses and can be easier to get with immediate reporting and full cooperation.
The last step you should take is to call BJE Law, P. A. and seek representation immediately. Our highly experienced team will go to great lengths to protect your rights. Call us today for more information.