There are many accidents in Alabama, so it is important to know what to do if you are ever in one. In 2016, there was a car crash every 202 seconds. What do you need to do after an accident?
1. Make sure the accident did not injure you
Car accidents have a high fatality and injury rate, no matter what type of accident you are in. If you are in any sort of accident, you should check yourself over for injuries. If the crash seriously injured you, call for medical attention right away. Even if you do not find any injuries, it may be wise to see a doctor as there are injuries that can appear hours, or even days, after the incident.
2. Call the police
Even if you think that you and the other driver can sort out the crash on your own, it is still a good idea to call the police. They can create a police report which can be helpful if you need to prove liability of the other driver or present the facts of the accident to your insurance company.
3. Gather information from the driver and the scene
It is very important to gather information not only from the other driver, but from the scene as well. From the other driver, make sure you get their name, phone number, address, license plate number and insurance information. From the scene, it is beneficial to take photos of the damage to the vehicles as well as write down what you remember about how the accident occurred.
4. Talk to your insurance and a lawyer
Many people call their insurance companies to take care of the cost of the damages, but often do not realize when their insurance company is low-balling them. In order to make sure you are getting the money you deserve, it can be helpful to seek legal aid, which can help you sort out any issues.
Getting into an accident is scary and can shake up anyone, which is why it is crucial to educate yourself on what to do after an accident before one occurs.