It can be overwhelming and scary when you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident- whether a bicycle, motorcycle, car or truck. The hours after an accident are typically filled with confusion. If you or someone you know is involved in an accident, having the knowledge of what to do in those following few hours will save you time and money in the long run.
After a wreck, you need to make sure that everyone is okay. If needed, call the police and have an ambulance treat anyone who needs it. From there, be sure to document the scene. Photos are crucial. Take photos of the scene, both cars involved, any injuries, the other driver’s license and the driver’s insurance information. You may be able to drive your car away from the accident scene, but if not, make sure that you know which tow yard or body shop your car is being taken to. If your car has to be towed away, you should call your personal auto insurance and let them know where it is, even if the wreck wasn’t your fault. This helps you mitigate your damages and get into a fixed or new car faster!!
You may walk away from the scene feeling fine and have an aching pain set in a few hours later. This is normal! It’s important that you get treated for your injuries if you feel that they won’t improve on their own.
The first hours and days following a wreck is crucial. It’s best to get an attorney involved right away.