Car accidents can be traumatic, so it’s important to know how to handle them when they happen. Here’s what you should do if you get in a car accident:
Denver’s growing population means more cars on the road and – inevitably – more car accidents. Since most car accidents can leave you feeling scattered, we’ve gathered our tips what to do if you’re in a car accident.
#1 Move your vehicle out of the way.
If it’s safe to do so, pull your vehicle over on either the shoulder or a side-street. Then, make sure the vehicle isn’t moving, is shifted into park, and the engine is turned off. If moving your car is not possible, flip on your hazard lights to let other drivers know you’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
#2 Check for injuries.
Make sure you and your passengers are safe and unharmed. Check to make sure no other parties or pedestrians are hurt. If someone seems hurt, call 911. Even a seemingly minor symptom like dizziness or confusion should be checked out by a healthcare professional.
#3 Exchange information with the other driver.
It’s important that each party provides both their insurance information and contact information for any claim or report filed in the future. Make sure you document their name, phone number, insurance company, the license plate number, and the make and model of their vehicle.
#4 Call the police to the scene.
Even in the most minor car accidents, a police report can be useful when dealing with insurance companies. Letting the police independently assess the scene will help them determine fault. Note: If the police cannot visit the scene, be sure to file an accident report at the nearest police station or DMV.
#5 Document the scene.
Always be sure to take photos of the accident scene. Be sure to capture any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle involved. If possible, you can also take notes on the vehicle information, police officers involved the scene, accounts from witnesses, etc. This kind of documentation will be helpful for filing your insurance claim and proving fault.
#6 Notify your insurance company and begin your insurance claim.
Some may even have the option of contacting their insurance companies while at the scene of the accident. If you have been injured in a car accident, you have the right to be compensated for injuries and losses. The experienced attorneys at Galperin & Associates can assist you in collecting and preserving evidence from the accident to ensure that your rights are protected.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of severe injury in the United States every year. The team of attorneys at Galperin & Associates know that all accidents are different and are here to help you maximize your right to recovery. Contact us today at 720-501-3451 to speak to an attorney.