Guidelines on the Steps to Take After a Car Accident.
Due to the high probability of an accident occurring, roads are ranked as the least safe means of transport in the world. The chances any person being involved in an accident are high regardless of being a competent driver as you never know if you will cause an accident or be involved in one caused by a different road user. Below are some basic steps you need to take in the event of you being involved in a road accident.
Depending on the damage caused to the vehicles involved in the accident, it is recommended that you get the vehicles or any part of the vehicle out of the way. By doing this you prevent other accidents by other road users and also protect yourself from being run over during the assessment of the damages. Traffic continues to flow smoothly and this is a plus as emergency services will have an easy time reaching the accident scene.
Another important thing you need to do is check for injuries. Accident may cause serious injuries and if you identify any of the parties to be seriously injured, call the emergency services immediately. Accidents cause both internal and external injuries and for this reason ensure that everybody can communicate well and that their behavior is not out of normal character.
After everyone has been treated, it is important that you call law enforcement officers to the scene of the accident as they are responsible for filing an official police report about the accident. The documentation of the accident is important in the event that the case ends up in court and during the filing of a claim from the car insurer.
Take a step of exchanging information with the parties you were involved in an accident with. The information you share should be limited to basic contact information, the insurance company covering your car and the policy number and also the details of the car such as its make, model and registration number.
Filing an insurance claim is the next thing you should do. Ensure that you don’t waste any time when it comes to filing an insurance claim for your car. The best way to do is to notify the insurer while you are at the scene of the accident.
Emergency services offer fast relief treatment at the accident site which is not conclusive enough on your health condition and for this reason you need to visit a doctor. With a doctor you get a conclusive check-up which can help you identify other injuries and this aids you in avoiding surprise and untreatable conditions caused by the injuries in the future.
To conclude, if the injuries are severe, have the doctor write down his medical report and then seek professional legal advice.