Many people know the basic steps after being involved in a car accident: exchange numbers, insurance information, contact information, and addresses. This sounds about it, right? Wrong.
This is not always the case. Sometimes a person may refuse to give you their information or you may be so distraught or confused that you may forget a certain step in the post-accident process. Either way, you can be left with a financial burden just by one mistake.
While there are many experienced drivers, surprisingly many drivers don’t know the proper steps to take before or after an accident. Take the following steps in order to be prepared for a car accident before it happens:
- Make a list. You will need these things if you are involved in a car accident: the name of the other driver, their license plate number, telephone number, and insurance carrier. These are the most basic thing that you will need. Sometimes people forget to write these down. Never forget. Make this your first rule. It is best to write a list down and keep it in your glove department so you can always pull it out when you need it.
- Have a cell phone on you. Most people always carry their cell phone, but there is a slight chance they may forget. It is important to have a cell phone in case someone hits you and tries to drive off. Or, if someone is injured in the accident and you need to call for emergency help. Another reason is that you can take pictures of the license plate and damage. These are also important steps that one should take.
- Once you’re safe, try to write down as many details as you can, including date and time, make and model of the cars, where the accident happen, and why it happened. These are details you are going to need when you file your claim.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you know were recently injured in a car accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you may be able to earn monetary compensation for your pain and suffering.