After an automobile crash, what should you do?
1) Check for Injuries: If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately and wait for emergecy responders. Vehicles should only remain in lane if prevented by injury or damage.
2) Remove Your Vehicle (if possible) From the Road: Having your vehicle on a busy road can increase the likelihood of a second collision. By law you must move your vehicle a safe distance from busy traffic lanes if the vehicle is movable.
3) Contact the Police: Let them know you've been involved in a accident. They will send an officer to the scene to document the collision and ensure the area remains safe.
4) Exchange Information: Exchange driver and insurance information with the other driver. Make sure to get the driver's name, contact number, license plate number, insurance provider and policy number. Don't forget to get the make and model of the other vehicles involved as well.
5) Take Detailed Notes with Photos of the Vehicles and Your Injuries: This helps your medical provider understand the extent of your injuries and how to most efficiently treat those injuries. This also increases the likelihood of you receiving a full reimbursement from your insurance company. Having daily journal to record your pain, symptoms, and condition is also beneficial.
6) Seek medical attention: If your condition is not life threatening, see a provider who is educated in the documentation and treatment of motor vehicle crashes! Make sure you get the best care possible to prevent a negative long term outcome!
NOTE: Never admit fault! Let the police officer, who is trained in evaluation and reconstruction, determine who was the at fault party and who was responsible for the collision.