Getting in a car accident can be very frightening and overwhelming. It can be easy to get carried away in panic and not think clearly about the right course of action. Once you have dealt with the initial steps on the accident scene and made it home safe, you might wonder, “Now what?”
Having guidance you can trust during this stressful moment makes all the difference. We’ve compiled this list of some things to help ensure that you are in the best situation possible.
1. Act Swiftly and Efficiently
In the immediate aftermath, get to a safe place. From there, you can start exchanging information, calling the police, taking pictures, getting urgent medical attention, etc.
These may seem like common sense, but when there are injuries, or you’re feeling shaken up, it’s easy to forget to do the most basic things. Repeat these steps in your mind so that you can react swiftly and efficiently.
2. Get Checked Out By a Doctor
If anyone at the scene has visible injuries, seek medical attention immediately. However, even if you don’t have any apparent injuries, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional in the first 24 hours after you are involved in an accident. This way, you can make sure that no injuries go overlooked. Make sure to document any medical visits.
3. Contact an Attorney
Now that you are safe, contact an expert familiar with your case who can advocate for you. You can locate a local attorney by searching for someone who operates in your area.
For example, if you live in West Palm Beach and that is where the accident occurred, you would search for a West Palm Beach accident attorney. In some cases, they might even offer a consultation. They can advise you on your legal options and any additional steps you should take.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company
You will need to inform your insurance company about the crash. It is best to do so quickly as many require you to do so within a specific timeframe or even immediately.
Don’t admit fault or stray from clear facts when discussing with your insurance company. If you’re working with an attorney, they can help you prepare your formal statement. We wouldn’t recommend making a statement until you’ve discussed it with your lawyer.
5. Don’t Post About the Accident on Social Media
The other side might use anything you post online regarding the accident against you if you file a claim. It is better to be safe than sorry, so we recommend keeping photos and information about your accident off social media. Your best action is not to discuss the accident with anyone online to be safe.
There are thousands of car accidents every year. In the immediate aftermath, you might not know how to proceed. These tips are just a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have your bases covered!