A car crash can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life. While the seatbelts and airbags help prevent physical harm, the emotional and mental shock of being in a crash can often create additional harm and difficulties for all involved. Here are the top 5 things that our attorneys at Smiley Law advise to help you handle such an unexpected and jarring situation.
1. Stay Calm
Though this is easier said than done – never panic! Panic is not your friend in this sort of situation. As hard as it may seem, try to stay as calm and collected as possible. Call the police and/or ambulance. If the accident is minor, try to move the vehicles to a safe nearby location.
2. Stay There
Even if you’re not at fault, do not drive away from the accident scene. No matter how minor the damage, it is important to not leave your location till the authorities arrive and clear you to do so. Even if there are no serious injuries, we do not recommend coming to private agreements with the other party. Calling the police is always your safest best as the police report may help you in the future.
3. Stay Honest
When the police do arrive, tell them the truth to the best of your ability and memory. Try to recount the events as they occurred. Even with a police report, you should still attempt to exchange information with the other party. Additionally, make sure to report the accident to your insurance company as quickly as possible. Be honest with them as well, as lying can lead to serious ramifications.
4. Stay Organized
Take photos of the vehicles after the accident. Make sure to take shots from various angles. It is also helpful to take pictures of your car on a regular basis. These pictures can serve as the “before” shots to help offer a comparison of damage. Also, keep a file of any medical visits or therapy sessions you have had as a result of the accident. This information may prove helpful in the future.
5. Stay Smart
Unfortunately, accidents do occur. Though we are often helpless to prevent them, we are not completely helpless in the aftermath. After experiencing an accident you should take precautions to protect yourself.
One of the first things to do after the “smoke clears” is call your insurance company. You should also consider speaking with an attorney soon after an accident. Even just a consultation with an attorney can help preserve legal claims and file paperwork properly. The right legal team can make all the difference on the difficult road ahead. With years of experience, the attorneys at Smiley Law can help you get the recovery you desire and/or protect your rights. Call us today for all your car wreck questions.