Being in a car accident is stressful. Even mild car accidents can cause drivers, passengers, and pedestrians to suffer injuries. Those who experience serious car accidents can enter a state of shock after the accident occurs. It is difficult to think while in shock after a car accident. Nonetheless, it is wise to consider the best steps to take after a car accident so that you will be more prepared should it happen to you.
At Greg Baker Attorneys at Law, our hometown lawyers work hard to represent our clients who have suffered injuries in Kentucky or Virginia car accidents. If you have suffered from an injury in a car accident, contact our law office today to set up your free initial consultation. If you are in a car accident, it is smart to do the following five things, if possible.
- Come to a Complete Stop
Coming to a complete stop might seem obvious, but in the stress of a car accident, people may forget to stop. If it is possible, pull over to a safe place on the side of the road. If not, stay where you are and turn on your emergency lights.
- Request an Ambulance if Necessary
If your injuries are so severe that they prevent you from calling an ambulance, wait for help. If you, your passenger, a pedestrian, or the other driver are injured, call an ambulance. Unless the accident is minor, it is wise to call the police so that you can secure a police report. Insurance companies will ask you to submit a police report when filing a claim.
- Protect the Scene of the Accident and Take Photos
If you are able to do so, take pictures of the automobile accident. Be sure to take photos that clearly show the position of each vehicle. Take pictures of all of the damage to your car and the other car. It is also wise to take photos of your injuries, if possible.
- Exchange Insurance Information with All of the People Involved
Be sure to write down the name, telephone numbers, and addresses of all of the people involved in your motor vehicle accident. Ask to see the insurance cards of any other drivers who are involved. If police officers responded to your car accident, be sure to write down the police report number. Police reports are essential in seeking compensation from insurance companies and at trial if your claim goes to court.
- Protect Your Rights as an Injured Person
One of the most beneficial things you can do after a car accident is to speak to an experienced car accident attorney. At Greg Baker Attorneys at Law, we have successfully represented many car accident victims in Virginia and Kentucky. If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury resulting from a car accident, contact Greg Baker Attorneys at Law to set up a complimentary initial consultation.