What are the best things to do after an accident to protect yourself?
It is important to know how to act after an accident so you can protect yourself. My MD Auto has these helpful tips for what to do if you are in an accident. This section will cover the five best things you should do after an accident.
The five best things you can do after an accident are:
Notify the Police
Regardless of the situation, it is always best to notify the police in the event of an accident. This will ensure that there is an official record of the accident and each parties version of events will be recorded. Having police involvement can speed up the claims process should the insurance company need to be involved.
Don’t Admit Fault
Allow the police and insurance companies to investigate the factors and determine which party is at fault.
In the Event of Injury
When you report your accident, notify the authorities of any injuries so that they send emergency personnel to the scene. Always follow the advice of emergency personnel to prevent further injuries or death.
Be sure that you exchange information with all parties involved and get their:
- Phone Number
- License Plate Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Make and Model of Vehicles
If there were any witnesses, be sure to get their contact information as well.
Document the Scene
Most people carry a cell phone with a built in camera. Take photos of the accident and damage to all vehicles involved, including your own. It is best to get wide shots of vehicles as well as close-ups to show detailed damage. Take a photo of the area around the accident, noting contributing factors to the accident such as weather, road debris, construction, etc.
Do not take photos of other drivers, their tags or licenses without permission. Always use caution when taking photos and do not put yourself or those around you in physical danger. Do not interfere with law enforcement or emergency personnel.