Each year, there are thousands of people involved in traffic accidents. If you or someone you know is involved in a car accident, will you all know what to do during the aftermath? It is important to know what to do after an accident, and the following is a brief checklist of suggestions to help drivers anticipate what they should know about how to deal with an accident. For more questions, contact our Indiana car accident attorneys.
Always be Prepared
It would be wise to keep an emergency kit in your glove compartment. You should not only have your cell phone with a camera in the car, but you should also have something to take notes with and something that has information about your conditions or allergies.
Make sure you exchange information with the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. The information that you should exchange is your/their name, address, phone number, insurance company name, driver’s license number, and license plate number. If the driver of the vehicle is different from the person whose name is on the insurance policy, be sure to establish the relationship between the two individuals. It is wise to exchange all of this information so that way it will be hassle-free once the police arrive.
Document the Accident
In order to help protect yourself and your passengers, be sure to document the accident. Identify the officers on the scene if the police were called. Make sure to get a copy of the accident report because your insurance may ask for the report, and you should provide this to the insurer through your attorney. Be sure to talk to witnesses as well, and take as many photos or videos of the scene as possible.
Seek Medical Attention
If you have serious injuries, you might need emergency transportation in an ambulance. Even if you do not, however, it is wise to get a medical evaluation right away if you feel any pain, stiffness, disorientation, or anything out of the ordinary. Getting all of your injuries diagnosed as soon as possible can improve your prognosis, as well as provide clear evidence that the accident caused these injuries. This can help with the insurance claim you will file if someone else was responsible for causing the accident.
Contact Our Indiana Car Accident Attorneys
A car accident can leave anyone distraught and not knowing exactly what to do. However, not taking the necessary steps can mean losing significant compensation that you deserve under the law. This is why it is important to have the guidance of an experienced Indiana car accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash-related injury. We can help you pursue the full compensation you deserve.
Contact Tanzillo, Stassin, and Babcock, P.C., if you have been injured in a car accident and learn how our attorneys can help you. If you are in Northwest Indiana or Illinois area, please contact us for a free consultation.