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What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident
No one anticipates getting into a car accident. But, accidents do happen and we understand that it can be very startling and frustrating. That is why it is important that you are prepared in advance in case it does happen to you or someone you know. While it is important that you call 911, there are other steps you need to take at the scene of the car crash. We have highlighted the key things you need to do immediately in order to make it easier when filing your car accident claim.
Prior to having an unexpected car crash, there are certain documents you need to make sure that you always keep in your vehicle. You should keep the following documents in your vehicle at all times:
- Proof of auto insurance
- Leasing agent’s name
- Other important information such as your doctor’s name, emergency contacts, allergies, etc.
Check for Injuries
The first thing you should do after a car crash is check yourself for injuries. If you are seriously injured, you should call 911 immediately or get someone to do it for you if you are unable to. Try to remain in the same position if you are seriously injured until professional medical help arrives.
What Evidence is Needed
After you check for injuries, it is important that you gather all necessary information at the scene of the accident. You will need to gather the following information of everyone involved in the accident:
- Driver’s license
- License plate number
- Insurance information: company and policy number
- Make, model and color of the vehicle
Once you have gathered all of this information from all drivers involved in the accident, you will need to take photos of each vehicle and all vehicle damages before leaving the scene. Other things you should document from the accident include:
- Names of officers that arrive at the scene
- Copy of the police report
- Talk to witnesses
- Make sure to get the names of any passengers involved in the accident
Start the Claims Process
Call your insurance agent as soon as possible in order to start filing your car accident claim. That way you do not forget any details from the accident. You may want to call while you are at the scene so that they can tell you exactly what they will need.
Why You Need to Document at the Scene
It is always best to have documentation so that you are able to remember every detail. Car accident lawyers recommend gathering any information that you can get before your memory is impaired by non visible injuries at the time of the accident. The car accident lawyers at our firm are trained and dedicated to help you with all of your legal needs. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to undervalue car accident claims. Working with a car accident lawyer at Wettermark Keith will increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers have the professional experience that you need to deal with difficult insurance companies. Contact us today if you or someone you know has been involved in a car crash.