What to do After a Car Accident
An accident is a very traumatic thing for someone to go through. Both parties involved in an accident are normally very shaken up. A lot of questions are raised: Are the passengers in my vehicle okay? Is the driver of the other vehicle okay? Am I injured?
The first thing one must do after an accident is make sure that no additional vehicles become involved with the accident. Put on your emergency lights to make sure other drivers are aware there is an emergency situation. Verify that it is safe to turn off your ignition and then do so – if your car is still running during a gas leak, you could run the risk of fire or explosion.
After these precautionary steps have been handled, render aid to the passengers of your vehicle, other vehicles, or any pedestrians involved with the accident. Call 9-1-1 immediately and be ready to mention injuries and/or conditions and the precise location of the accident. Landmarks may help in identifying your location.
If everyone seems to be in stable condition and the other driver or pedestrian is cooperative, exchange your name, address, and any other additional information that may be useful in a legal claim, such as the name, address and phone number of your insurance company.
Finally, wait for emergency aid and/or police officers to arrive.