Many people will have never experienced an auto accident, so will not know what to do when one occurs. To ensure you do not make a wrong move if you are unfortunately involved in a collision, we are looking at the five actions you must take following an auto accident.
- You Must Telephone the Police
Once you have turned on your vehicle’s hazard light and rang an ambulance, if required, it would be a smart idea to telephone the police to report an accident. Not only will it allow them to attend the scene to block other vehicles and cars from the road, but the police report could support a claim with an insurance company. Also, never attempt to move the cars until the police tell you to do so.
- You Need to Speak to Witnesses
Many people fail to think clearly after an auto accident, so they might be unsure what to do or how to act. If you can, try to identify and talk to any witnesses at the scene. You might discover that they will step forward to check if you are okay and to tell you what happened from their perspective. You should, therefore, request their name and contact information, which could support a criminal or financial case.
- You Must Seek Medical Attention
Many drivers, passengers or pedestrians often fail to seek medical attention after a car accident, as they might believe they have sustained no injuries. However, you could experience delayed injuries following a car accident, such as neck or shoulder pain, internal bleeding, headaches or back pain. For this reason, it is essential you seek medical attention immediately. In addition to protecting your health, the reported injuries could also support a future compensation claim, so you will receive the money you deserve.
- You Should Ring Your Insurer Immediately
Many insurance companies require vehicle owners to report a car accident within a select number of days. Review your insurance policy to identify how long you have to report a collision, which could range from two days to two weeks. Don’t take any chances and ring your insurer immediately to report an accident and make a claim.
- You Could Be Entitled to Compensation
Regardless of whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian, you could be entitled to compensation. Passengers or pedestrians might also be unaware that they could be entitled to a claim if a taxi was involved in an auto accident. For instance, an Uber accident attorney can help you make a claim against the taxi company, as all drivers carry $1 million coverage on the job.
Conclusion? A car accident is not only a traumatic experience, but it can add unwanted stress into life if you fail to take the appropriate actions. Follow our above tips to minimize the impact a car accident will have on your life, which can also ensure you can make a successful claim against an insurance company or the driver/company at fault.
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