What should I do if I am in a motor vehicle accident?

Being in a car accident is always unexpected. It is a surreal experience. You may or may not have seen it coming, and you might be confused about what happened. Your body’s adrenaline and shock will likely kick in, and you may not realize that you are injured, even if those injuries are severe. If you are injured, it is important to seek medical attention right away. The following tips will help you through this traumatic experience.

If you are in a motor vehicle accident:

  • As soon as you can, get out of traffic to a safe place.
  • Call the police to report the collision. Call an ambulance if you think there may be injuries.
  • Allow emergency personnel to assess your injuries. If they recommend you be taken to the hospital, heed their advice. If an ambulance does not come but you feel you are injured, seek medical treatment right away.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
  • Do not get involved in discussing the collision with the other party. It is okay to be polite and to check to see whether other people are injured.
  • It is very important to collect names and contact info of any witnesses.
  • Take photos of damage to vehicles, scene of the accident, driver’s licenses, license plates of involved parties, and insurance info of all parties.
  • Wait for the police to come. Find out the name of the police officer who handles the accident.
  • Contact Clausen Law Offices before talking to your insurance company or the insurance company of the person who hit you.
  • Follow the advice of your medical professionals so that you can get better sooner rather than later.