10 Things To Do After A Car Accident
When you are in an accident, it's hard to know what to do. You feel
shaken and confused. You may be injured or in shock. It's a good idea
to tuck a list of must-do tasks into your glove compartment for emergencies.
- Take a deep breath and try to calm down. Try to control your anxiety and
your anger at the other driver.
- Assess yourself for injuries. If you suffered a severe blow, you may have
internal injuries. If you or any passengers in the car are in trouble,
call 911 immediately.
- If you can, stay at the scene until police arrive.
- If your car is in harm's way and it is drivable, move it away from
traffic. Switch on your hazard lights.
- Open the in-car accident kit we describe below. If necessary, deploy the
flares, triangles or cones that you keep in your trunk.
- Take the pad and pencil and jot down any details about the accident: the
time, damage to your vehicle, the name of the other driver and his or
her insurance information.
- If there are witnesses, get their names and phone numbers.
- If you have a camera, photograph the accident scene.
Call a personal injury lawyer you can trust, and explain the situation.
The number at
Eliot Reiner, APLC is (916) 778-3228.
- Call your insurance agent and report the accident.
Your In-Car Accident Kit
Cellphone use is discouraged while driving, but it is good to have one
in emergencies. Other items to have on hand:
- Pen and notepad
- Medical information for all family members
- Emergency contact name and number
- Emergency flares, warning triangles or safety cones
Know what to do after a car accident? Start by
calling Sacramento, California, personal injury attorney Eliot Reiner at (916) 778-3228.