What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident

Posted on July 16, 2021

Car accidents are often very traumatic, and even a simple fender bender can end up being quite stressful. At that moment, trying to figure out who is at fault and what to do next can be very confusing. Unfortunately, all the stress and confusion can result in mistakes that can end up being quite costly. It is very important to know what to do immediately after a car accident.  


Stay at the Scene


It is crucial to remain at the scene of the accident. You should never drive away without stopping first, even if the accident is a minor one. Try as much as possible to protect the scene, particularly if on the side of a main road. Setting up flares or keeping the flashers on can prevent further accidents. Make sure you are safe as you wait. You can remain in the car or wait by the side of the road.


Report the Accident


It is important to call the police immediately after the accident. This is necessary even if the accident does not result in serious injuries. A police report will come in handy if you need to file an insurance claim. All the vehicles involved in the crash should remain at the scene unless this interferes with traffic. 


An Accurate Record


You should have an accurate record of the events exactly as they occurred. Make sure to give the police all the facts as accurately as you can. Do not guess or speculate concerning the facts. Remember, injuries from an accident can become apparent hours after the incident. If anyone asks whether you are hurt, saying you are not certain is better than saying no. 


Photos of the Accident


It is always a good idea to take photos or videos of the accident scene. Use your phone to take photos of the vehicles especially if there is visible damage. You should also take photos of any injuries that you may have sustained. Taking photos of the scene can prove to be useful evidence in case of a trial. The photos will also help in case the vehicles need to be moved to ease traffic. 


Exchanging Information


The investigating officer will typically obtain information from the parties involved. However, there is no reason why you cannot get the name and contact of the other parties in the accident. Obtain the other driver’s insurance information and if there are witnesses, try to obtain their contact. Your attorney might need this information, if you feel the need to hire one.


Notify Your Insurance Company


You need to report the accident to your insurer as soon as possible. Most insurance policies require that you report an accident immediately with your full cooperation. Find out if your insurance coverage includes medical benefits. Some insurance covers will include medical coverage for the driver and other occupants of the car. 


Get Medical Attention


It is very important to seek medical attention soon after a car accident. Remember, some injuries may not be apparent or visible soon after the crash. Even if you are involved in a minor impact, you need to visit an emergency room to rule out unseen injuries. Make sure to visit a chiropractor as well, for them to diagnose and treat any neuromuscular condition that may arise following the accident. This professional will help restore the normal functioning of your body.


To learn more about what to do immediately after a car accident, visit Accident and Injury Chiropractic at our office in Tacoma, Washington. You can also call (253) 215-8350 to book an appointment today.

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