In the following video, Russ describes the what to do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident.

 

One of the big questions I get is what to do if you are involved in a car accident.  The first thing you need to do if you are involved in a car accident is just take a moment, sit there, assess your situation and what I mean by that is see if you are still in danger, see if there is still an emergency situation.

Where is your car in relationship to other items such as the other vehicle, they roadway, an intersection, a traffic light, a pole?  Are you still in immediate danger?  Call 911 immediately.  Hopefully they will send rescue, police immediately to the scene.  After you have assessed your situation see if you are injured, see if there is any blood, see if the passenger is in your vehicle are injured.

If you are able to do so, safely exit your car.  Make sure that when you exit your car you do so in a safe manner.  Be aware of where you are located on the roadway.  You don’t want to get out of your car and be a dangerous situation.  Now, let’s say that everything seems okay.  The accident is over with.  You are out of your car.  My recommendation is in today’s age with cell phones, with cameras, take pictures of everything.

Take a picture of your property damage.  Take a picture of your property damage to the other vehicle.  Take a picture if you are able to have people that are around in case you need witnesses in the future.  Or in case the person involved in the accident claims that they weren’t involved in the accident.  Wait for the police.  No matter how long it takes wait for the police to come and complete their investigation.

Numerous times people say I don’t want to wait.  They leave the scene and the facts get turned around instead of them being rear ended the defendant says that they backed into them so it is important to wait and have the police conclude their investigation.  If you detect any injury whatsoever go seek medical treatment to make sure you are okay.  Adrenaline is pumping after an accident.  You need to make sure that you are all right and the occupants of your vehicle are all right.

Make sure that you have information on the other drivers.  A lot of times people leave the scene of an accident and don’t even know who they were involved in the accident with, let alone what insurance company they may have.  Also, you should know where they are taking your car.  I don’t know how many times we have had individuals who have been in an accident, their car is towed and they have no idea where the vehicle is.  Nor can they tell me which police department did they accident report.  All of these items are extremely important.

If you are involved in an accident, call (614) 944-5055 for your absolutely free consultation.