If you’re involved in a car accident, your first thought is to get out and exchange information with the other driver.
While this may be something you do eventually, remember this: Your safety and well-being must always come first.
There are many steps you can take to protect yourself after a car accident.
- Move your vehicle out of traffic: For example, if you’re on an interstate, move to the shoulder of the road. Or if your accident occurs in a city or rural setting, find a nearby parking lot.
- Stay in your vehicle: It doesn’t matter if your vehicle is working or not, you should stay inside until it’s 100 percent safe to get out. Should you step out of your vehicle in close proximity to traffic, it increases the risk of being struck.
- Call 911: The primary reason for doing this is to ensure that an ambulance and police officer quickly arrive at the scene. It can also go a long way in protecting you, since the other individual is less likely to become aggressive if there’s an officer at the scene.
You never know when you’ll find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. It happens fast.
The tips above will help you protect yourself, but you may need to go one step further by receiving treatment at a local hospital.
Once you understand your injuries and prognosis for making a recovery, file an insurance claim and take every step possible to protect your legal rights and obtain compensation for your injuries and related financial damages.