You were driving when suddenly another vehicle collided with you. You’re now confused and dazed and don’t quite know what you should do. This happens to a lot of people, but many people don’t take immediate action to help them seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
It may help to learn what you should do after an auto accident to protect your future. Here’s what you should know:
1. Call the police
The first thing you should consider doing is reaching out to the police. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident to file a report. They’ll likely ask questions to determine how the accident was caused. This report is often what insurance companies use to determine fault. You may also use this information if you have to take further action.
2. Get a medical examination
An ambulance should arrive at the accident. You should be asked if you need a medical evaluation. Many people refuse to get a medical examination but later find that it would have been useful. You could develop a medical condition after an accident and have a report of your injuries for further proof that you were injured from the accident.
3. Take pictures
While you wait for the police and an ambulance to arrive, you may want to take pictures of the accident. The opposing driver and insurance company may try to state that the accident wasn’t as bad as described. But, you could have photographic evidence to prove otherwise.
4. Understand your legal options
No matter how minor an auto accident is, you may need to be aware of your legal rights. For example, you have the right to seek compensation if your injuries and damages are serious.