Car accidents can be devastating. It can cause deaths or injuries to the persons involved. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes yearly or 3,287 deaths daily. In addition, it accounts for 20 – 50 million injuries or disabilities. Road traffic crashes ranked as the 9th leading cause of death and represents 2.2% of all deaths globally.

Getting involved in a car accident can be stressful. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, it can leave victims facing serious financial troubles due to medical expenses and repair costs. When involved in an accident, emotions can be running high and injuries can be severe. Here are some things that you need to do when you get involved in a car accident:

  • Stay at the scene

According to the website of Ausband & Dumont, never leave the scene of the accident. Wait for the right time do so. This is especially true if someone was hurt seriously or got killed. You could be charged for hit-and-run and face serious criminal consequences.

  • Do A Health Check

Before anything else, check everyone who is involved in the accident.Call emergency services for anyone who needs medical attention. If anyone is unconscious or has neck or back pain, leave them be until a qualified medical personnel arrives.

  • Document the accident

Once the persons who are involved in the accident have been checked and are safe, file a police report. The Insurance Information Institute recommends this step especially if you are filing a claim with your insurance provider. The agency recommends the following steps when filing a police report:

  1. Upon arrival of the police, get their names and badge numbers.
  2. Ask for a copy of the police report from the law enforcers.
  3. Take pictures of the accident. Shoot from different angles so you can show the extent of damage to both cars.
  4. Talk to witnesses and write down their names as well.
  5. Exchange Information

Once the police report has been filed, the website of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, says you should be sure to get the contact information of the other driver before driving away. Get their full name and contact information, name of insurer and policy number, plate number, type, color, and model of vehicle.

  • Inform Your Insurance Company

When involved in an accident, do inform your insurance company about it. Do tell them everything such as the extent of your injury. The most important thing is to be honest with them. If they find out that you have been lying to them about everything, you could be in serious trouble or worse they could deny your coverage.

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