As much as we commute nowadays, the likelihood of being involved in a
motor vehicle crash is much higher than we would like. Knowing what to do following a crash
can save you a little stress, and hopefully, protect you and your property.
On the scene of the crash
The first thing to remember is to
never leave the scene of a motor vehicle crash, even if the injuries and property
damage seem minor. Failing to stop your vehicle could result in criminal
charges, in most states, even if you were not at fault. If there are injuries,
call for an ambulance.
Who to notify about the crash
The police should be called, even if there are no injuries or the property
damage is slight. The police will need to create a report of the incident,
which will serve to be helpful if you decide to file a lawsuit later on.
The police report is also necessary when making a claim with your insurance
carrier. After the police, you should notify your insurance agent as soon
as possible. They will expect you to cooperate with their investigation
of the incident.
Exchange Information with other drivers
You should at least exchange your contact information with the other driver(s),
along with your insurance information. Determining the identity of any
potential witnesses is also very important, so obtaining their information
would be helpful, as well. However, limit your communication to exchanging
information. Do NOT discuss the incident or say anything that could be
construed as an admission of fault.
Seek medical treatment for your injuries
Even if your injuries may seem minor at the time, you should see a health
care provider as soon as possible, following a motor vehicle crash. While
receiving treatment, be sure to report that you were involved in a motor
vehicle crash, describing what happened and how you sustained your injuries.
It is important to seek medical treatment because, in most cases, victims
do not feel pain or experience symptoms until many days later.
If you have questions regarding motor vehicle crashes,
contact us online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC, at (205) 381-4787.