An accident is always a shocking and stressful event. Following a collision, your body fills with adrenaline and it becomes difficult to focus. In the moments immediately following in accident, you need to keep your wits about you. For most people, this is very hard, but not for you, because you are going to have a plan of action.
Safety Comes First
Your personal safety should be your absolute, number one concern following an accident. Stay calm and assess your injuries. If pain is not overwhelming and you are able to move, you should quickly and carefully leave the vehicle and retreat a safe distance away from the wreck. Call 911 immediately. Answer their questions carefully and thoroughly. If the accident was minor and there is no risky to safety, move the damaged vehicles to the side of the road and turn on the hazard lights.
Once the authorities have arrived and you are sure you are safe, you should start gathering information. If you have your cellphone on you, it is advised that you take pictures of the scene of the accident. Make sure you capture a few images of the other vehicles involved in the collision as well. Carefully note their make, model, color, and license plate number.
Handling the Authorities
The authorities will want to talk to every individual involved in the accident. Make sure you have your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance available. Answer questions directly. Supply only facts, while avoiding details. The officers should provide you with a copy of the police report. Make sure the information of the other accident victims is clearly legible.
You should always contact a qualified legal professional before making contact with your insurance company. They will help guide you through any of the legal issues that may arise following your accident.