Car accidents are so common. With the statistics the way they are it is likely that at some point in your life you will get in a car accident. This is why it is so important that you know what to do when you get in accident to protect yourself. Here are some things that you should know about getting in an accident.
1. Never Flee The Scene
Even if you think it was just a mild fender bender you should never leave the scene or fail to stop. The other party could easily get your license plate and report you, and you could be in a big trouble. In addition, if you are charged with fleeing the scene you may not only be dealing with a civil suit, but criminal charges are well. That is why it is best to always pull over and get all the information from both parties. You should exchange contact information, insurance information and license and registration.
2. Call The Police To Get An Official Report
In most cases you should call the police so that they can come and do an official report of the accident. Although it may seem like an inconvenience to have the police come, it will be the best thing for you if you need to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. This official report of the accident will help to clear up any misunderstandings, and can help to verify the injuries and damage to the insurance when you are ready to file the claim. Once you get the report filed, you should ask for a copy from the police. This will be important for your records.
3. Take Pictures
With camera phones everyone generally has a way to take pictures right away. Right after the accident you should take pictures of the car, any injuries that you or the other party has and anything else that might be important. Having this documentation will help to prove what damages and injuries actually happened in the accident. It is not unusual for the insurance provider to deny a claim by stating that they believe the issues to be pre-existing. If you have pictures to prove that the injuries and damages happened in the accident, you are less likely to be denied a claim. Or if you are denied the claim you will have an easier time fighting it.
By doing these things when you get into a car accident you can protect yourself. For more information, contact companies like Hardee and Hardee LLP.