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I Crashed My Car—Now What?

 

A car with smoke coming out

If you’ve gotten into a car accident, there are two main things that you should keep in mind. Firstly, you must always stop your car if you’re involved in the accident. You’re legally obliged to. Secondly, never declare that it was your mistake. Your insurance provider will carry out the investigation and determine the person at fault themselves. Here are 7 steps you must take if you’re involved in a car crash.

1. Check If You’ve Gotten Any Injuries

If you’re hurt, contact 911 or request someone else to do it for you. If you’re severely injured, don’t move too much and wait for help to arrive.

2. Check If Your Passengers are Fine

If you aren’t injured and can move, survey the condition of your passengers. If someone’s injured, call the emergency service right away.

3. Get to a Safe Place

If you can move, move to the sidewalk. If your car is in a condition that it can be driven, pull it over the side of the street. If your car isn’t in a condition to be driven, leave it where it is and move away to the side.

A car after a car crash

4. Call 911

Whether it’s a major collision or a minor fender-bender, calling 911 is vital. In some states, you’re legally bound to do so. The respondents will document the scene and file an accident report. If the police cannot arrive at the scene, you can go to a police station and complete the report. Your insurance company can request for a copy.

5. Exchange Information

After ensuring that everyone is safe, you and the other person involved in the accident should exchange the following information:

  • Full name, along with all contact details
  • Insurance company name and policy reference number
  • Driver’s license information and car’s plate number
  • Color and model of the car
  • Site of accident

6. Document the Scene

Identify the police officers

After the police arrive, ask the officers their names and badge numbers.

Get a copy

Request the police officers for the accident report’s copy. Your insurance company can ask you about it.

Take pictures

Ensure that you document everything about the accident by taking photographs of your car from every angle, documenting both the cars’ damage.

Takedown names

Document all the addresses and names of all parties involved in the accident.

Talk to witnesses

Note the name and contact information of all the witnesses present at the scene.

7. Contact a Car Accident Attorney

Before you contact the insurance company, you should get in touch with an auto accident lawyer in Little Rock, like the Law Offices of Lisa Douglas. Law Offices of Lisa Douglas will gather all the information relevant to your accidents, evaluate the accurate total damage, and present your case to the insurance company so that you get fair compensation for your loss. Contact Lisa Douglas today if you have been involved in a car accident, and Law Offices of Lisa Douglas will provide a free initial consultation with no obligation.

 

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