Protecting Yourself after a Car Accident
It is well documented that most people do not know how to react when they are involved in an auto accident considering that an auto accident is one of the most upsetting experiences. When you involved in a car wreck, it is vital that you maintain a clear head and avoid panic. When one is involved in an accident; they need first to check and make sure that they are safe together with other victims of the car wreck. If you seek to discuss the accident, ensure that you only discuss with the police. Avoid blaming anyone including yourself and also ensure that you do not argue with the other driver even when you are sure that they caused the accident.
When you confirm that everyone is safe, the second step will involve seeking for help. It is advisable that one doesn’t leave the accident site but rather call the emergency line to seek the help of police and medical support in the case of some persons being injured. One can also set flairs to inform other road users of the accident and ensure that they slow down.
It is advisable that you obtain facts of about the driver who caused the accident by ensuring that you obtain their license number and also the car plate’s license number, their phone and address, the auto’s insurance number including the policy number whenever possible. If the driver was not the car owner; it is advisable to seek details about the car owner as well.
It is always helpful for you to determine the number of accident victims who were involved in the car crash. Where possible, obtain details about the victims’ names, gender, address and even the extent of the injuries incurred. Apart from the victims, it is also essential that one seeks to determine any other persons who may have witnessed the car wreck. Most of the witnesses of a car wreck include other road users such as pedestrians, drivers and passengers of other vehicles and also bystanders and having details about them will benefit you.
It is also essential to seek medical help after a car wreck since there are incidences of some victims being shocked until they do not realize if they were hurt in the car accident. Visiting a doctor and explaining to them about the car accident helps determine if there were internal injuries. If the police did not report to the accident scene, one needs to ensure that they report to the police. If possible ensure that you obtain a copy of police report.
Lastly, ensure that you file an auto insurance claim by informing your insurer who gives you an insurance claim number. To get compensated, you will be required to file claims within the specified period.