A peaceful day can become a day wrecked with chaos and confusion if you are involved in a car accident. Even a minor accident can cause fear and injury to you and your passengers. Take a moment to ask yourself, what should I do if I am involved in an accident? Who is likely to be in the vehicle with me and what should I do to calm the situation? What should I do if there is an injury? What should I be prepared to do?
It’s important to remember to stay calm after an accident. It may or may not be your fault, but being upset after a collision will only serve to make matters worse. Take deep breaths to stay calm and to help create a calm environment. Look at every passenger and ask each one if they are alright. If anyone needs assistance call 911. Activate your hazard lights and, if possible, move your vehicle off the road, but not to a point where you have left the scene of the accident. Your emergency lights and/or flares will warn traffic.
Next, call the police to report your accident (if you have not called 911). Follow the instructions the police give you over the phone. Having a police report will assist you in your future insurance claim and provide your lawyer, should you need one, with important information regarding your accident.
You may have never imagined being involved in a hit-and-run accident, but if you are, your insurance company will most likely require a filed police report within a specific time frame. Know what your policy requires and follow the guidelines to protect yourself.
It is only natural to have an array of emotions after a vehicular accident. Regardless of how emotional you are feeling, it essential that you not admit guilt, regardless if you feel the accident is your fault. If need to retain a lawyer, this can make things much less complicated in the future Take pictures of the scene of the accident if you have a camera, but always make sure to stand a safe distance from traffic. Also, take pictures of any circumstances which are unusual or particularly relevant to the accident. It is also helpful to take a picture of the other driver’s details while you are exchanging pertinent information such as names, addresses, phone number and license plate.
A much clearer picture of the accident will be formed after the police report has been filed. If you find yourself in a legal battle with an insurance company you will likely need to a lawyer to fight for your legal rights. Knowing what to do in a car accident and seeking legal representation when you need it will help you remain calm and handle a normally chaotic situation with control.
Preston Rezaee Esq. is a partner at The Firm in Las Vegas. They represent you in personal injury accident cases, specializing in difficult traumatic brain injuries from an accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Las Vegas car accident, contact The Firm for a free consultation.