Car accidents happen everyday; almost always unexpectedly. It’s normal to panic and not remember everything you need to do to protect yourself when on the scene. From fender benders to t-bone collisions and more serious car crashes, what you do immediately after a car accident matters. Keep this copy of our car accident checklist handy so you’ll be prepared before, during, and after an accident.
Friendly reminder: Before driving a vehicle, it’s imperative to have your active Driver’s License and car insurance card readily available. Also, it’s recommended to keep a first aid kit, jumper cables, and a flashlight handy in case of emergency.
At the Scene of a Car Accident
“The most important thing for you to do when you are in an accident is make sure everyone is safe. Your priority is not calling an attorney. Call 911 first for all emergencies.” -Attorney Gino Brogdon Jr.
> Stay cool and composed. If you can, when an accident occurs, turn on your hazard lights and get to safety by getting out of the way of moving traffic. Do not leave the scene.
> Assess yourself and the damage. Evaluate your physical condition and the condition of your passengers in order to determine if you need medical attention. Do take photos to document car damage. Tip: If there are witnesses available, interview them.
> Call the police or local authorities. You’re most protected when you have all the information. Do make sure to obtain an official report with the accident details from the police. Tip: You’ll need this for your insurance.
> Exchange insurance. In some cases, use the police as a liaison to other driver(s) when they arrive on scene. Do not offer up any personal information or admit fault other than your insurance information.
Now that you have some clear steps to take once you have a car accident, here’s some insight on how to protect yourself after properly leaving the scene.
What to Do After a Car Accident
“Once you are sure that everyone is safe and getting the care they need, then you want to start thinking through next steps. It’s our priority at The Brogdon Firm to remain compassionate and patient as you work through the aftermath of this unexpected circumstance.” -Attorney Gino Brogdon, Jr.
> Call your insurance company. No matter who was at fault, you must notify your insurance company of the car crash. Do give them accident details, other driver(s) insurance info, and where/how they can get the police report if requested.
> Follow up medical treatment. If you were injured in the car crash, seek medical treatment immediately. Do not let uncertainty or pain linger after an accident occurs.
> Get a quote on damages. Meet with a professional about your car collision costs and retrieve an estimated quote on repairs. Tip: Your insurance may have a list of preferred repair shops that can expedite your repair job. Check with them first if necessary.
> Speak with an attorney. If you sustained injuries or experienced loss of life from the car accident or you’re simply unsure about who was at fault and responsible for the car damages, you have the right to start a lawsuit and get legal representation in GA. Do not make any statements to the other driver’s insurance company or legal team without your own representation.
The aftermath of a car accident can be intimidating, but The Brogdon Firm is committed to getting you back on the road quickly and safely. No frills. Do not let an insurance company offer you a settlement without all the information or your best outcome in mind. We can sit by your side as you recover from the car wreck in order to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Let us step in and fight for you. Get started on a free consultation with us to get the help you need, right now.