What to do if you’re in a car accident
There are approximately 12 million car accidents in the United States each year. So, chances are that either you or someone you know is likely to be involved in an auto accident at least once in your lifetime. Luckily for me, no one I know has been involved in a serious car accident. However, an acquaintance of my boyfriend recently died from a car accident, and it made me realize that I would not know exactly all the steps I need to take should I be involved in a car accident. One of my best friends is a personal injury lawyer, and he provided me with this Auto Accident Checklist:
1. STAY CALM.
2. Move yourself and your passengers out of harm’s way. Call the police.
3. Assist anyone who is injured. Call for an ambulance if necessary.
4. Get the name, address, phone number, and license number of the other driver(s) and car(s). Exchange insurance information. DO NOT discuss the accident (except with the police), but DO make notes of anything the other driver(s) says about the accident.
5. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
6. Get photographs of your vehicle (that’s why it’s always a good idea to have a camera in your glove compartment), contact your insurance company, and wite down everything you remember about the collision ASAP.
7. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
Hopefully, though, you won’t ever need this checklist.