In 2021, more than four million people became injured in car accidents. In addition, more than 42,000 people actually died in these incidents.
Have you ever been in a car accident? Did you know what to do? These are some steps you should take if you get into an auto accident.
Contact law enforcement
It may take you a few minutes to catch your breath and calm your mind after your accident. Take this time to get your bearings and learn if you or your passengers received injuries. Then, contact law enforcement. Give the dispatcher as much information as you can about the accident, location and injuries.
Document the scene
If you can, get photos of the entire scene. Then search out the smaller details, such as broken glass, deployed airbags, bloodstains, weather and vehicle damages. A video may capture more than individual photos, so consider doing both. Photograph any visible injuries on yourself, your passengers and others involved in the incident.
Get the names and contact information from drivers and witnesses and the insurance information from the other drivers.
Give a statement
Law enforcement will ask you for a statement. Tell them what they need to know, but do not admit to any wrongdoing. However, never lie to the police.
Contact locals in the area
Many individuals and businesses now have surveillance cameras on their properties. Some of them may have video evidence of the accident. Therefore, contact these individuals and businesses and ask to see their surveillance footage.
Seek medical attention
Adrenaline rushes can mask many injuries for hours or days. Therefore, seek medical help. If your doctor gives you treatment instructions, follow them to the letter.