1 What To Do Immediately After a Crash

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What to Do immediately after a crash

"10 Mistakes That Wreck Your Car Crash Case"

First Mistake: They Do Not Act Immediately After The Crash

What do you do after you are in a car crash? It is an unsettling event, surprising, scary and painful. Often people are in shock. Here are the straightforward steps you should take after a car crash:

  1. Make sure your car is in a safe place. If it’s not, move it to a safe place.
  2. Call 911 for emergency medical and police assistance. Are you OK? Are your
    passengers OK? Assist the injured. Consider learning CPR. It’s a life-changing course. Do not attempt CPR if you are untrained. Remember the ABCs – Airway, Breathing, and Chest Compressions. Often there can be broken bones, spinal cord injury and trauma – so be careful and do not move the injured unless it’s emergent to do so.
  3. Safely exit the vehicle and talk to the other driver. Write down his/her name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, name of the insurance company, policy number, and phone number. Take a picture of the driver’s license and insurance card.
    Look at the other driver’s license and insurance card to write the information
    down yourself. Don’t trust what they say. Talk to the other driver about their conduct prior to the accident. Be nice, but ask what they did wrong. If it is the other driver’s fault, get them to say it’s their fault for causing the accident and notice if they apologize to you.

    Inquire with them a little:

    “Didn’t you see that light?”
    “Why were you going too fast?”
    “Why did you pull out in front of me?”
    “How come you didn’t stop before you rear-ended me?”

    They may say things to you like, “I was on my phone,” “I wasn’t paying
    attention,” “I’m sorry” or a variety of other things.

  4. Call the police and get a police report for almost every auto accident. A police report ensures that an independent person is taking down all the information, identifying any witnesses, and evaluating the crash. Policemen are trained to investigate auto accidents. Give the police officer a short, clear statement of how the accident happened. Ask the police officer for his/her full name, badge number, organization (e.g. highway patrol or local town or municipality) and police report number.
  5. Take pictures of the accident scene, property damage to both vehicles, skid
    marks, etc.
  6. Get witness names and phone numbers and write them down yourself.
    They may not be included in the police report. I have had many instances where
    A great witness is not in the police report and their information is lost.
  7. Get any medical attention you need promptly, whether it’s on the scene, an
    hour later, that night or the next day. Be sure to get medical attention – ER, urgent care, primary care doctor or chiropractor.
  8. Document everything and all the matters relating to your claim.

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