What to do after a car crash

An automobile accident can be traumatic. Car crashes are jarring and disorienting experiences, especially if you have been injured. However, there are things you should do, right after a car accident.

  1. Call 911. The most important thing to do is to call for help. Call 911 as quickly as possible. Even if you are not hurt, call immediately because other people might be injured. Also, the police can investigate the accident and interview witnesses right away.
  2. Collect insurance information. If the other driver has insurance, get their information, this includes: insurance company name, address, policy number and phone number of the company. If an insurance card is given to you, also note if the insurance policy is still in effect and not expired. If the cause of the crash was the fault of the other driver you will want insurance information so that your property damage can get fixed. Also, if you were injured in the accident, your lawyer will want the information in order to file a claim for personal injury damages, if possible.
  3. Document what happened. Take pictures of the crash site. Also, write up your own statement of what happened, what was said and who was there. Get names and addresses and phone numbers of all of the possible witnesses.
  4. Get treatment. If you believe you were injured, seek medical help as soon as possible. Seeking medical treatment immediately after an automobile accident will help establish your injury, if you have one.
  5. Contact an experienced car accident attorney. Do not try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. Contact an experienced attorney who knows the value of cases and can help you walk through the mind-field of personal injury litigation.

If you have been injured in a car accident, please do not hesitate to contact the car accident lawyers at Joyce & Reyes at (813) 251-2007. The initial consultation is free.