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.
Take photographs of the accident scene, including any damages to property, injuries, nearby road signs, etc.
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:
Know what to do after a car accident? Start by calling Sacramento, California, personal injury attorney Eliot Reiner at (916) 778-3228.