Important Steps to Take After an Accident.
Accidents are very unpredictable with the probability of one happening every time you enter into your car. Controlling the occurrence of an accident is impossible but you can always take control of the events that follow after an accident. Below are some important step you ought to take after an accident.
Being involved in an accident may render your unconscious but if you are still conscious it is your duty to ensure that the accident doesn’t escalate and lead to further fatalities. If the damage caused by the impact is not severe, you ought to take a safety step and move the car to the side of the road and switch on the hazard signal lights. Fleeing from the scene of accident is a hit and run criminal offense punishable by law.
You also need to check if for injuries you may have sustained and also those sustained by your passenger and also the occupant of the other car. If anyone has obtained some severe injuries or the cars are obstructing the road it is recommended that you immediately call in the emergency services.
It would be very appropriate for you to call the police to the scene of the accident. You insurer may need a copy of the police report when you make a claim with them and this is the main reason you should call the police to the scene and let them make a legal record of the accident. The police report can exonerate you if the other party involved in the accident makes a claim against you. Situations that may prompt you to call the police includes the other driver fleeing the scene of the accident, you suspect that the other driver is under the influence, if you think the other driver caused the accident or suspect the other party lacks an insurance cover.
Talking to the other party involved in the accident and ascertaining if they are okay is a very good gesture. Avoid apologizing to the other party as this is a form of incriminating yourself and you should only do this as you seek their personal information. Details of the accident should only be presented to the police officers recording reports in the accident. It is important that you take the other parties insurance details and verify them with the cars specific registration details and characteristics. Photographic evidence of the car damage and the area around the accident can come in handy if you are accused of being the cause of the accident and also take contacts from witnesses so that they can give their counts of the events.
The last thing you need to do after getting medical attention is to contact your insurance company. The process of your claim is initiated the moment you inform the insurer of the accident.