As a Rochester area motorist, you are probably well aware of how often car accidents happen. Though you have not been in one, you should have a thorough understanding of steps you can take after one. Many car accident victims feel disoriented and shaken up after motor vehicle collisions. It is important for you to remain calm so you can make the right decisions to prevent further injury and damage.
Motor vehicle accidents often cause some degree of injury and property damage. Regardless of how minor or major any accident you may be in is, keep the following information in mind to improve the outcome.
Keep an emergency kit
You should always be ready for a car accident. Prepare an emergency kit that has batteries, blankets, water, flares, a first aid kit, notepad, pen, flashlight, camera and spare cellphone. Always keep the kit in the backseat or trunk of your car so you can grab it easily when necessary.
Assess the situation
Immediately after impact, you should assess yourself, passengers and surroundings. Put on your car's hazard lights. If you feel well enough to move, and it is safe enough for you to do so, get out of your vehicle and put up flares around your vehicle to alert other drivers to avoid the scene.
Call the authorities
Use your cellphone to contact the police. Inform them of your location and situation. Be sure to let them know if you or your passengers are injured or if anyone is unconscious. Give a statement regarding the accident to the police. Do not say anything that puts you at fault.
Get the necessary information
While you wait for the police, fire department and EMTs, take pictures of each driver's license, registration and insurance cards and their phone numbers to keep as proof for your claim. Be sure to get photos of the back and front of those documents.
Get medical treatment
Get medical attention on the scene and from the emergency room. You might not feel the effects of possible injuries right away. Also, there may be physical and emotional trauma you are unaware of. Professional medical treatment is necessary to establish a record of any injuries and to protect you from further trauma that may claim your life. If you feel odd or experience more pain, bruising, confusion, irritability, vision and personality changes, you should go back to the emergency room to rule out hidden injuries and traumatic brain injury.
Car accidents are not always easy to recover from. Depending on the extent of your injuries and property damage, you may qualify for compensation from the responsible party. If you have been injured and need legal guidance from an attorney who will protect your interests, contact the Klampe Law Firm to discuss your case.