Make sure you are following the law and staying safe after a car crash.
Nobody wants to get into a car accident, but the reality is that crashes happen daily. The average driver is bound to get into an accident at some point in their life, so it is important that every motorist knows what to do if they are involved in a crash.
You will need to know the procedures that apply after a crash so you can follow the laws and ensure you are compensated by your insurance company for your damages. Do not let an accident leave you frazzled. Here are the steps you should take after a car accident.
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After an accident, you always need to stop, regardless of whether you were injured. Be sure to pull over in a safe area. If you keep going, you are breaking the law and could be charged with hit and run. This may be a serious crime that can result in felony charges if someone was seriously injured or killed, and you did not stop to help.
Check for Injuries
Check yourself, your passengers, and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 for help. If you are seriously injured, do not try to move. Have someone call for help so you do not injure yourself further.
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Call the Police
Even if the crash was minor, you should call the police. A police officer will arrive at the accident scene and file a report. This report contains information about the crash, including possible fault, which can be helpful for the insurance company.
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You will then need to exchange information with the other driver. Give them your name, contact information, insurance information, and driver’s license number. You should also get the other driver’s information, as well as information about the make and model of their vehicle.
Document the Accident
While you are waiting for the police to arrive, you should do your part to gather evidence. Take photos of the damage to your vehicle. Get pictures of any injuries you sustained. Get the names of any witnesses. Jot down information about the crash, such as the location, the time it occurred, how it happened, and what you were doing before the crash. Once the police arrive, get a copy of the report, as well.
Start the Claims Process
Inform your insurance company about the accident so you can file a claim for reimbursement. Give your insurer the information they need to process your claim. Make sure they understand all your damages, such as vehicle damage, property damage, and medical expenses.
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Even if you are careful, a car crash can happen at any time. Make sure you know the steps to take so you are prepared.
The Tulsa car accident attorneys at BDIW Law can help you with the next steps following a car accident. We can deal with the insurance companies and help you obtain compensation. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (580) 765-9660.
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