After a car crash, there are specific steps you can take to ensure everyone is safe and you can get properly reimbursed. These same steps are also the best option if you pursue a personal injury claim.
Here is what you should do if you are involved in a vehicular accident.
1. Check for injuries
First, call for help if you have an injury. If you are seriously injured, lay as still as possible until help arrives.
2. Check your passengers for injuries
Check on your passengers. If you are too injured to do this, you can check the accident summary afterward for this information.
3. Move to safety
Move to the sidewalk or off the roadside. If your vehicle is still drivable, move it off the road if it is safe. Otherwise, leave it.
4. Call for help
Whether you have a deadly crash or a fender bender, you need to call the police. The officers will document the scene and fill out a report on the accident. If it is a minor accident and the police cannot come, go to your local station and document the information. This document will be critical when you are dealing with the insurance company.
While you wait, turn your engine off if it is still running. If you have emergency road flares, alert other vehicles of the incident and avoid further injury on the roadside.
After following these steps, you will have the information you need to ensure you get compensated for your grievances. If the insurance company will not pay enough to cover your expenses, consider a personal injury claim to get proper compensation.