November 25, 2014
Nobody wants to be involved in car accident, but odds are they will be. Parties involved in car accidents are often shaken, nervous or emotional, which can impede their abilities to take the proper steps.
3 Steps to Take After You've Been in a Car Accident
If you can remember these three steps in the moments following an accident, it will help to get everyone the proper medical attention they need and assist your insurance agent when it's time to file your claim
- Assess personal injuries. Human health and safety is the most pressing priority after a car accident. Call 911 if you or someone else is injured or ask other parties to do so. If you aren't too injured to move, get yourself and your vehicle out of the way of further danger. Turn off car engines, turn on emergency lights and use flares or hazard markers if you have them to alert other drivers.
- Take thorough documentation. Always contact the police, even if it's just a minor fender bender. Identify the officers on the scene by name and badge number. Take pictures from multiple angles if you can. Request copies of the official police accident report. Get the names and contact information of others involved in the accident as well as their insurance information. Also, get names and contact information from witnesses.
- Start the claims process. Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible and provide the agent with the information you've collected. The sooner your agent can begin processing the claim, the better.
At Stern & Stern LLP we handle personal injury claims for auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, highway accidents, pedestrian, accidents, and railroad accidents. Don't risk mishandling your claim! Take these steps if you've been in an accident and then contact us at Stern & Stern LLP to begin filing a personal injury claim.