Auto accidents take place on a daily basis, and either injure or claim the lives of millions of people around the world. You need to employ awareness and caution when on the road in an attempt to mitigate the risks of being involved in an auto accident yourself. Yet considering the sheer number of accidents that do take place – you might just end up in one, regardless of the precautions taken.
Certainly, there are on-the-spot fatalities but often enough, people who have been involved in auto accidents die later as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. As important as it is to try and prevent and/or avoid one then, it is perhaps even more necessary to know how to deal with auto accidents. This can help with damage control, compensation claims, and even to save human lives.
The steps you take immediately after an accident ensure not only your own safety but that of the other driver as well, in addition to anyone else that might have been involved in the accident. You should also make certain that everything is documented properly for insurance reasons and for law enforcement. For all the things you need to do after an accident, there are a few things that you should never, ever do too.
The disappearing act
Whatever you do, never leave the scene of an accident, regardless of the severity of the incident. If you are involved in an auto accident, no matter how minor, make sure you stop and inquire about the safety of the other vehicle’s passengers. You need to report it to law enforcement as well, and exchange insurance information with the other driver.
Auto accidents can be incredibly stressful situations and everyone is best served by staying calm. So remember to never lose your calm – not if the accident has ruined your day, or injured you, made you miss work or an important appointment. Becoming angry will only hurt you and get in the way of what you need to do.
All the paperwork
Once you’ve managed to stay calm, you need to document the whole incident for future purposes. Never forget to obtain insurance information from the other driver or to record all the details of the incident. You might have to repeat your story multiple times – for law enforcement, insurance companies etc, so get your details right, such as the time and location of the accident, what you were doing just before it happened, and what the other driver was doing.
Everything that follows
An auto accident might be stressful and difficult to deal with, yet often enough, it is the aftermath that is most traumatic. Do not forget to follow up on the accident with both medical and legal advice as you might have sustained an injury or a long-term health problem, and you might want to claim compensation as a result.
Even the most careful and cautious of drivers can become involved in an accident, often through no fault of their own. If that is your case, and you feel eligible for a compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for help in winning your case.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims