As time flows, accidents are globally increasing day by day at an alarming rate. Stats suggest that road accidents are one of the major causes of death.
Negligence in following rules while driving leads to crashes. And most of the time, these accidents either result in severe lifetime impairment or loss of one’s own or loved one’s death.
We are all aware of the precautions we need to take while driving, but only a few of us can handle the situation after undergoing an accident. So to put some light on, here is a list of possible steps you can follow after getting involved in a car accident.
Stop the car and stay calm
When involved in a car crash, immediately stop your car but avoid blocking the roads. Failing to stop after the accident can lead you to a criminal penalty. It would be best if you stayed as calm as possible. Also, don’t let your emotion transform into anger; it can worsen the situation. “Do Not” escape from the collision scene until and unless conversing with the other driver and police.
Provide medical assistance
When involved in a collision, check if anyone is injured, provide first aid to the injured person. Then, call an ambulance for help in case of any major injury. Don’t move the severely injured person unless and until needed because the movement can risk the injury.
After the collision, the best action one should take is to contact the police. Inspecting officers will note the incident and record the statement of the parties involved in the car crash. It would be best if you cooperated with the investing officers. You should have all the paper documents and the license of the car.
Note of incident
In this type of stressful condition, don’t trust anyone. Instead, make a proper short note of the date, full name, address, phone number, place of work, car plate number of all the parties involved, and the witness (if any) to the collision. This will help you when you move forward to the court for seeking compensation and filing a case.
Call the car towing company
After reporting all the necessary information to the investigating officers, take officers’ permission for towing the car if your car is damaged badly. Then, call the car towing company to pick up your car from the incident site. Note the name, address, phone number of the driver and provide details of where to take the car.
Call your lawyer as soon as possible and inform them of all the incidents. Then, follow the advice of your lawyer. Don’t issue statements to anyone without consulting your lawyer except the investing officers. That’s important because anything and everything said could work against you in the following term.
Ensure you carry your document copies such as license, insurance company id card, valid vehicle registration papers, and maintain a first aid kit box, irrespective of the time and place you are driving. Since an accident can arise at any given point in time, it is better to be prepared. Besides that, you must follow the stated road guideline while driving to avoid mishaps.