Being involved in a car accident can be shocking and traumatizing. Sometimes, it takes several minutes or even days to process what happened and come to terms with the situation.
It is important that you know what to do immediately following a car accident. Besides, safeguarding your safety and rights, what you do (or don’t do) immediately following an auto accident can affect the outcome of your case should you decide to file a claim against the other driver.
Here are the two main things you can do to help yourself after a wreck:
Seek medical help
The most important thing you need to do following a car accident is to get medical help. Look out for any injuries you might have sustained and seek medical health as soon as you can. Remember, just because you do not see blood or feel a strong pain may not mean that all is well.
Many injuries, including those to the brain and spine, can manifest several hours or even days after a wreck. Besides avoiding potential post-accident complications, seeking medical attention will also help you obtain vital documentation for your claim by connecting your injuries to the accident itself.
Gather your evidence
Car accident claims are won on the basis of the facts of the case. If you are able (or a witness can do it for you), you may be able to collect very important evidence right at the scene of the wreck.
Taking photos and videos of the accident scene can prove extremely helpful when proving your case in court. Get shots of the property damage to both vehicles, the position of each vehicle after the wreck, the road conditions and any marks or debris in the road.
You can never prepare enough for a car crash and the consequences it can have on your life. Knowing what to do immediately after an accident can help you protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.