Did you know that the United States has more than six million motor vehicle accidents every year? Injuries occur in every one out of three accidents, while death occurs in every two out of 10.
Due to these statistics, you should know what to do if you are ever in a car accident.
Do not leave
If you get into an accident, do not leave the scene. If you are blocking traffic and your vehicle is safe to drive, try to pull over to the side of the road. However, immediately turn on your flashers or set up flares to warn other drivers that an accident occurred. Wait in your vehicle and call the police.
Assess your injuries
Although most car accidents do not result in injuries, you still need to check for them. Your adrenaline is likely to run high during and just after an accident, so take a moment to calm down. Then, search your body for injuries. If you have passengers, assess their injuries as well.
If you find injuries, request emergency services when you contact the police. Seek medical attention immediately. However, do not state that you are not injured. Your adrenaline may be hiding injuries that could show up within the next 48 hours or so.
As soon as you are able, start a file on the accident because your outcome may depend on the amount and quality of your information. Write down as much as you remember. Also, gather contact information and statements from witnesses and passengers. Take photos of the accident, your vehicle and any injuries. Note police badge numbers and names as well.
Protect yourself and your rights, and do not admit to any wrongdoing, fault or insurance policy provisions. Create a vehicle safety kit to prepare for accidents.