If you drove out of your driveway today and struck another car, a pedestrian, or someone on a bike, would you immediately know what to do? You may think you would, but the truth is that your emotions are likely to be in overdrive, your adrenaline will be running, and you may even been injured.
For these reasons, at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we believe it is important to know how to handle a car accident before it happens. Keep reading to find out more about what to do and how to do it. If you need a free legal consultation, contact us at 800-333-0000 any day of the week.
Do not leave the scene
Unless you are in a life or death situation and must leave for medical care, you should not leave the scene of an accident. In fact, doing so could result in criminal charges. That said, you can move if you feel that you are in danger. For example, if you are on a dark road and are afraid another car will come up and hit you, you can move to a safe area. Communicate with the other people involved and alert the police of where you are going.
Find out if anyone has been injured
If you are not injured or your injuries are minor, then you should check your passengers, the other driver, and their passengers to see if anyone is injured. If someone is, then you should call for medical help right away. Do not move anyone if they appear to have a back, neck, or head injury. The obvious exception to this rule is a situation in which a person is in grave danger if they are not moved.
Call the police
If anyone is injured then you should have already called 911. If there were no injuries, but there is damage to anyone’s vehicle or other property, then you can call a non-emergency number for the police department. An officer will come to the scene and file a report. In certain areas, they may not come to the scene and instead give you instructions on how to proceed.
Gather information and evidence
Talk to the parties involved and get their names, phone numbers, and insurance information. At no point should you discuss the specifics of the accident with them or admit to wrongdoing. If there are witnesses, get their information as well. Take pictures to document the scene, damages, and injuries. See the doctor, follow their recommendations, and keep close records of the medical treatment you’ve been through.
Call a personal injury attorney
Finally, call a personal injury attorney who can help you determine what your legal options are. You can easily reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker by calling us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.