What To Do
After A Car Accident
A car accident is one of the most traumatic events that many people will ever experience. It can be a confusing and emotional time, particularly if serious injuries are involved. There are several steps you can take after a crash to protect your well-being and your legal rights, including:
- Make sure to stop. If you are involved in a car crash, don’t drive away. You could be charged with hit and run, even if the collision wasn’t your fault.
- Get medical help. Call for emergency medical help if your or anyone else involved in the accident has been injured. Even if you do not think you have been hurt, it is still a good idea to get checked out. Some injuries are not immediately evident. Be sure to tell your doctor what happened in the crash and give details about all of your symptoms.
- Call the police. Different jurisdictions have different rules about when the police will respond to an accident. Be safe and report any accident.
- Move your car to safety. After an accident, your car could cause further collisions simply because it may be obstructing traffic. If possible, move your car out of direct traffic. Turn on your hazard lights as well.