11 Steps to Follow if you’re in an Auto Accident
An accident is a sudden and often violent event. But, following the steps below will help ensure you are medically, legally and financially secure. Here are the eleven steps to follow if you are in an auto accident:
- STOP – The law requires that the driver of a car involved in an accident must stop if anybody is hurt or if there is damage to any car.
- ASSIST THE INJURED – If you are able, you first duty after stopping your car is to check for injured persons.
- PREVENT FURTHER ACCIDENTS – Take all possible precautions to prevent further accidents. Try to have someone stationed to warn approaching vehicles.
- CALL THE POLICE – Always call the local police department of Highway Patrol immediately, even where there are apparently no injuries or serious damage to property.
- IDENTIFY THE OTHER DRIVER – Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license number of the car he/she is driving, and have him/her show you his/her driver’s license and insurance card.
- WITNESSES? – Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witness as soon as you can – both eyewitnesses and all others who might have some information.
- ASSIST THE POLICE – Remain at the scene until the police arrive. Cooperate with the police by telling them the basic facts. Remember: You do not have to give an opinion as to the cause of the accident.
- TAKE NOTES – Complete the accident information form available for you to download HERE
- INJURED? – Serious injuries do not always result in immediate pain or bloodshed. If no ambulance is available, have someone drive you to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. Then, see your doctor.
- COMMENTS – Do not comment on the accident to anyone but your attorney. Keep you notes and information strictly to yourself. State law requires only that you give your name, address and license number of the vehicle you are driving and that you show your driver’s license.
- SEE YOUR CHIROPRACTOR – As soon as possible, call and make an appointment with Dr. Mays to discuss the accident. He can advise you what you should do next. Protect your body and rights as early as possible.