It’s not nice to think about because a car accident you hope is something that never happens to you. Being involved in a violent crash is very morbid just to think about because it’s your life that’s on the line. You may have children and be in a loving relationship which brings home the serious aftershocks of being in a near death experience. And yet the bizarre thing is, that car accidents are simply a way of life. They happen all the time, to varying degrees and they may or not end in very serious consequences. However, at least a third of all accidents in the US, always end up with some form of personal injury done to either party involved in the collision. Surprisingly not many people know what to do once they’re in a crash themselves. This is where the lack of knowledge can come back to bite you and put you at a loss both physically and financially, not to mention the mental impacts accidents can have. There are then, certain things you should follow immediately after a crash, so that you’re not vulnerable in any way, especially not to the other party.
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Don’t panic and take your time
The incredible g-forces the human body experiences even at a relatively low speed like 40mph can be immense. What you’re going to feel is a sudden shock to your senses and your brain will try to react quickly to diminish bewildering motions. The snapping of your head back and forth will be perhaps the biggest shock, because, on impact to the cranium, many people see a glaring hot flash of white light. This light is associated with the very early signs of a concussion, which many people in professional fighting sports say they experience. You will be physically and emotionally rattled, but the key is to stay calm and try to work things out one step at a time.
Take your time getting out of the car, and don’t move if you feel any pain. If you’re unable to get out of the car because you’re trapped, ask passersby and people who might be calling the emergency services to give you support. You may need to be moved quickly if there is a chance of a fire started from any burst fuel tanks, etc. However, if you’re hurt and know you don’t have the strength to move, don’t panic, take deep breaths and tell the people around you about your situation. Remain calm and try to take your mind off the pain and situation, until the medical professionals turn up to aid you.
Take as much detail as you can
When you’re involved in a crash, your body is jolted, and even the firmness of a seatbelt can put a strain on your torso. However, if you’re able to move around and feel that you’re able to stand up, get out of the car. You should take your phone, or even just a notepad and pen, write down as many details as you can. Those details might go along the lines of…
- Note down the color of the traffic light, purely indicating that it was you who was on the right, and had the right of way on the road. The direction of the car that came across and hit you, their light was negative, and this means, an irregular and or illegal move was made by the other party
- Take pictures of your injuries from the scene. If you have smashed your face on the steering wheel or airbag, you should take a picture of your face and show any areas you might be bleeding. Any bruises, cuts, and scrapes should also be documented by taking pictures of them.
- Take photos. This is extremely important as this is proof from the scene of the accident that others can study and fall more to your side of the argument. Take revealing pictures like skid marks that will bring to light, the bad driving of the other party that causes the accident.
- Not the time, day and location. These are perhaps the most important factors that both legal and judiciary authorities will require first and foremost. You should write down the exact time, where you are in the city or region and the exact day on the calendar.
- You should also write down the natural light visibility, such as dusk, dawn, low and bright. This will determine whether an accident was due to negligence or a cause that was something medical.
- How many people were witness to the accident and possibly if you have a witness who is on your side, take down their contact details? You may need to contact them later to get a statement made by them to the police and possibly to your legal team.
- Make sure you get the name and address of the person who hit you, so you can also give these details over to the police or your legal team.
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Contact a legal professional
If you know full well this accident was not your fault; there are absolutely no reason why you should have to pay any fees to get your car fixed or your health care bills not paid for you. It can feel like a race against time because the more you let the situation drag on without any legal support to back you up, the less and less power you’ll have to put forth your case. Therefore you should contact a tried and trusted professional motor vehicle accident lawyer. They will listen to your concerns and any issues you might have because of the accident such as chronic pain. You’ll sit down together and work out a way how you should approach this case, setting out a game plan with a schedule and the goals you’re aiming to reach. From then on, a true professional will take the case over for you, getting all the relevant pieces of the jigsaw together. This means they’ll be hunting for the medical reports of both sides, the statement that the police wrote at the scene of the crash. Now would be a good time to use the witness statement to build up your case even further.
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Weigh up your medical situation
At least a third of all accidents end up with physical injuries taking place. This means that you have a relative chance of being hurt in an accident regardless of whether you caused it or not. It’s important to realize, that panicking will not help the situation. Try to remain calm and ask somebody close to you to be by your side if you need emotional support. Nurses will gladly phone up any you desire to be with you. Take your time and remember to keep the nurses and doctors reassured that you’re responsive. If you feel tired and feel the need to go to sleep overcoming you, tell the medical response team immediately. This kind of feeling is a sign that shock is setting in, and the brain is simply asking the body to shut down because it cannot cope with the stress. The only way to defeat this feeling of being dragged into the abyss is to keep talking. Talk about things that matter in your life, and perhaps what you plan on doing and achieving in the future. Remember to obey what the medical response teams say, even if you’re in pain.
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Inform your insurance
It’s known worldwide, that as soon as you have an accident, one of the first contacts you should make is with your insurance company. Even though you have hired them to be your car insurance provider, they will need convincing that the damages made to your car weren’t your fault. There are many insurance scams and attempts to hide bad driving by blaming the cause damage done to a car, one someone or somebody else. Insurance companies are wary of this and want you to provide them with as much information as possible so that they can sum up the situation and proceed from there. It would be wise to make sure you can get the police report in time, to mail it to your insurance company or perhaps scan it and send it via email. It’s also wise to show them the photos you took of the accident and especially photos that show it was not your fault such as skid marks made by the other car. Nothing beats actual physical proof from the scene itself. With this, you may not be obligated to pay the premium and have this bill be made responsible by the driver who caused the accident.
When you’re involved in an accident, it’s wise not to panic and have your wits about you. As soon as you can, start gathering evidence right at the scene of the crash. If you’re hurt and in need of medical professionals, ask for help from onlookers and witnesses. Prepare a legal case against the party that caused the accident and supply your legal team with as much information as you possibly can, and then let them take over and do their thing. Provide photos and the police report to your insurance company so you won’t have to pay any bills to fix your car when it clearly wasn’t your fault.