Car accidents are never fun and it may be hard to know what exactly to do afterward, so here’s some help with that. The first thing is to get out of your car and examine the damage because you can’t know how bad it is without seeing it.
You then need to call the police and if someone has been injured, call emergency medical services and wait until they arrive and in the meantime, don’t admit liability to the other driver. Also avoid talking to people other than the police, emergency services, and your insurance agent about the accident’s details.
To efficiently make an insurance claim, collect the names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance policy numbers, vehicle identification numbers, and license plate number of the other driver.
It is best practice to print out an accident report form from your state’s DMV as this form makes it easy to get all the information you need immediately after an accident.
Ideally, call your insurance officer while at the scene so that the police officer can help give details if need be. Take precautions because you don’t know the kind of people you’re dealing with in a car accident, and see a doctor promptly to treat any conditions that may arise in the future even if none are immediately apparent.
Finally, an auto accident attorney will know best how to help you get the best outcome after an accident, so make sure to involve one and work with them.