Car Accident Checklist
Given the country-wide statistics on vehicular fatalities, it’s likely that many people will be involved in some type of car accident at some point in their lives. Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and oftentimes, victims aren’t sure of what to do. They may be too injured to immediately take action or might not be sure of what to do.
The reality is that no matter how safely you drive, your chances of being involved in a car accident is real. If it does happen to you, it’s important to be prepared.
Before and After Checklist
Here is a checklist of everything you should do before and after a car accident, and you should never hesitate to consult with an Indiana car accident lawyer for additional information.
Before the Accident: Checklist
A car accident can happen at any time. Make sure that these steps have been completed before a car accident occurs:
- Have your driver’s license, car registration, and insurance card in your vehicle at all times.
- Make sure that your car’s safety mechanisms (emergency brake, airbag, etc.) are in working order.
- Keep an emergency safety kit in your vehicle.
After the Accident: Checklist
It may be overwhelming and frightening after your accident, but try to stay focused and calm. The better you follow these guidelines, the better you can protect your rights, keep yourself safe, and build a strong claim:
- Take a deep breath after the accident and stay calm.
- Stay at the scene of the accident and never drive away.
- Call the police, especially if any might have suffered serious injuries, property damage, or death. 911 should also send medical personnel.
- If the car accident was minor, pull your car over to the side of the road to allow traffic to flow.
- Turn on your car’s emergency hazard lights so other cars can proceed with caution.
- If possible, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Gather information on the drivers involved in the accident. Note down their name, addresses, insurance company name, and policy number.
- Take notes at the scene of the accident to gather as much evidence as possible. Eyewitness testimony is generally unreliable in court if you forget the details of the accident.
- Talk to witnesses and record their contact information.
- Don’t sign anything unless the police instruct you to do so, and ensure the police report has an accurate portrayal of your side of the story.
- Do not discuss the accident with anyone but the police, but don’t admit fault to anyone. Your words can be used against you in your claim.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident until the other driver and police do so unless you need emergency transportation.
After Leaving the Accident Scene: Checklist
Once you’re ready to leave the scene of the accident, make sure to follow these steps to protect yourself:
- Contact your insurance company and tell them what happened.
- Get a copy of the police report.
- Keep detailed notes from the scene of the accident and the injuries you’ve received.
- Stay up-to-date on your medical treatment.
- Do not give the other driver’s insurance company anything but your basic information.
- Call a Munster personal injury attorney immediately.
If you have been injured in a car accident and are fighting for the compensation you deserve, you want the Indiana car accident attorneys of Tanzillo, Stassin & Babcock, PC, on your side. Click here to contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss a possible case.