It is well documented that most people do not know how to react when they are involved in an auto accident considering that an auto accident is one of the most upsetting experiences. First, whenever you are involved in accident, ensure that you maintain a clear head and avoid any panic. Your priority, when you are involved in an accident, should be to ensure that yourself and other victims involved are safe. It is advisable that one discusses the car wreck with the police only. One should always seek to avoid blaming other parties including themselves and also avoid arguing with other drivers even when they caused the accident.
After you are sure of your safety and that of other victims, you need to obtain help and support. It is advisable that one doesn’t leave the accident site but rather call the emergency line to seek the help of police and medical support in the case of some persons being injured. You can also set flares which will serve as warning to other drivers to slow down.
It is advisable that you obtain facts of about the driver who caused the accident by ensuring that you obtain their license number and also the car plate’s license number, their phone and address, the auto’s insurance number including the policy number whenever possible. If the car was not being driven by the owner; it is also advisable to determine details about the owner.
After a car wreck, it is helpful to determine the number of victims who were involved in the accident and those who were injured. Where possible, obtain details about the victims’ names, gender, address and even the extent of the injuries incurred. Apart from the victims, ensure that you determine if there are other persons who may have witnessed the accident. Witnesses may be drawn from occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians or bystanders and collecting their details will also be helpful to you.
Always ensure that you seek medical attention after being involved in a car crash as there are many victims who are stunned by accidents to the extent that they do not realize whether they were hurt during the accident or not. Seeking medical attention ensures that the doctor will determine any internal injuries and apply the right medication. If the police did not report to the accident scene, one needs to ensure that they report to the police. Whenever possible ensure that you obtain a copy of the police report.
Lastly, ensure that you file an auto insurance claim by informing your insurer who gives you an insurance claim number. Filing claims in time will be essential to ensuring that you are compensated.