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What Should You Do If You Are Involved in a Car Accident

Posted by Bud Bullock | May 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

While hopefully you are reading this in case you get into a car accident, here is some general guidance to keep in mind. 

It's essential to stay calm and take the following steps:

  1. Ensure Safety: If you can, move your vehicle to a safe location away from traffic. Turn on hazard lights and set up warning triangles or cones, if available, to alert other drivers.

  2. Check for Injuries: First, assess yourself and any passengers for injuries. If anyone is injured or requires immediate medical attention, call for an ambulance right away.

  3. Contact Authorities: Call the police or emergency services, depending on the severity of the accident. They will provide guidance and may send an officer to the scene to document the incident.

  4. Exchange Information: Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved, including names, contact details, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance information, and vehicle descriptions. If there are witnesses, try to get their contact information as well.  Do not assume the police will record the names of the witnesses.

  5. Document the Scene: Take photos or videos of the accident scene, including the damage to vehicles, positions of vehicles, and any visible injuries. This evidence may be helpful later when dealing with insurance claims or legal matters.

  6. Don't Admit Fault: Avoid discussing who is at fault for the accident with the other party. Instead, stick to factual information when talking about the incident.

  7. Report the Accident: Notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible, providing them with accurate and detailed information. Follow their instructions and cooperate with their investigation.

  8. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't have any apparent injuries, it's advisable to get a medical check-up. Some injuries may not be immediately noticeable, and it's important to have a professional evaluation.

  9. Keep Records: Maintain a file with all the relevant information related to the accident, such as medical bills, repair estimates, police reports, and correspondence with insurance companies.

  10. Consult an Attorney: If the accident was severe or you have concerns about liability or compensation, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney who can provide legal advice based on your specific situation.

Remember, these steps are general guidelines, and the specific actions you should take may vary depending on your location and the severity of the accident.

About the Author

Bud Bullock

Bud Bullock grew up in a large family outside of Wilmington, Delaware. Excelling in the classroom and on the athletic fields, he was recruited by Harvard University as a quarterback. In his sophomore year, Bud broke his ankle in three places, requiring multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitat...


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