No one expects to be involved in a car crash. The moments following one can be upsetting and frustrating, and you may not be sure exactly what to do.
If you’re ever involved in a crash, you should know that there are a few steps that you can take to make the coming days and weeks easier on yourself. Here are several steps to take right away.
- Check yourself, passengers and others for injuries, then call 911
The first thing to do after a crash is to check yourself over for injuries. If you are well enough, check your passengers and others involved in the crash. Then, call 911 and let the operator know what kinds of injuries have occurred so that the emergency medical team can come prepared.
- Exchange information when possible
Depending on the severity of the injuries involved in your crash, you may be able to take time to exchange information with the other driver. Take photos of the driver’s insurance card and license if you can. You may also want to take photos of the scene to help with your case.
- Get medical care
After you do this, go with the emergency medical team to get medical care. While you may not think that your injuries are severe, remember that many auto crash injuries are delayed and will develop over the next few hours or days. Early treatment may help minimize the pain and dysfunction that you have to deal with as your body begins to recover.
- Contact your attorney
Finally, contact your attorney as soon as you are able to do so. The other party’s insurance company may reach out to you soon. If the company does, you can refer them to your attorney. Your attorney can handle the ins and outs of your legal case while you focus on your own recovery.
These are four steps to take following a car crash. While you may be dealing with a stressful or upsetting situation, knowing these steps can help make it easier for you to get through it while focusing on your health.