If you have a driver’s license, you’ve probably already learned all the things you can do to help reduce the risk of having a car accident. Unfortunately, it can still happen even if you do your best to be careful.
If you do get into an accident, afterward, you will most feel dizzy and shaken up from the adrenaline and perhaps outraged at the other driver. This makes it very difficult to think clearly, which is why you need to be prepared and know what to do beforehand.
First of all, it’s very important to try to remain calm. Keep in mind that even if the damages appear to be minor, you have a legal obligation not to leave the scene of the accident. Let’s a look at some of the most important things you should do after a car accident.
Make Sure Everyone Is Ok
Right after the accident, check whether you or any of the passengers in your car are injured. If your vehicle is interfering with traffic and you still drive it, move it off the road. Switch on the hazard lights and use your reflective emergency triangles to warn the other drivers. If your vehicle is not interfering with traffic, it’s better to leave it where it is since it will help with the police report.
If it turns out there are no serious injuries or damage to the vehicles, you still need to call and report the accident to the police. They’ll come to the scene of the accident, redirect traffic and write a report. You’ll be asked what happened, and you should give them an honest and accurate account of the facts. However, it’s best not to speculate or say things that might suggest you were responsible for the accident. Avoid saying things like you got distracted by something or that you looked away for a second.
If they ask you something and you cannot provide an answer without speculating, say that you don’t know. This is because your car insurance company will take charge of your claim so let both insurance companies investigate and work out who was at fault based on evidence. Don’t speculate and say something that can be used against you.
After you’ve had an accident, since you’re shaken up, it’s pretty difficult to remember what information you need to collect, so it’s a good idea to get a car accident form either from the DMV or your local police station beforehand. You can also find the templates online and print them out. Then you just keep one in your car in case you ever need it.
The investigative officer will usually gather the same information asked for in this form for their accident report, and they’ll give you a report number. Don’t forget to write down their name and badge number.
Protect Your Rights
Of course, one of the most important things you should do after a car accident is to contact a Boise car accident attorney who can protect your rights.
Many people are hesitant to do this because they’re worried about the cost, but many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay anything out of pocket because they’ll collect their fee out of your settlement.
Reaching an agreement with insurance providers can be tricky, and a car accident attorney knows what steps to take so you can get the compensation you deserve.
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