3 Keys When You Are in an Auto Accident
It was never supposed to happen. You know, you getting into an auto accident.
That said such accidents happen to millions of drivers and passengers each year.
When they do, they can be of minor detail or quite serious.
Either way, you want to make sure you do everything the right way following an accident.
So, will you know what to do if an accident comes your way?
Knowing what to Do Can Make the Difference
If you are unfortunate enough to be in an auto accident, your health should always take top priority.
With that in mind, unless injured to the point where you can’t care for you when it happens, get yourself checked out.
You want to look for any serious bumps and bruises. If bleeding, make sure you get immediate treatment if the bleeding is severe. It is also important to remember you may have internal bleeding. This is depending on the severity of the incident and impact you suffered.
If your health is not in the life-threatening category, you need to respond to what is going on around you.
Among the keys:
- Damage and injuries – In dealing with the accident, check out your vehicle. Some vehicles only suffer a few scrapes and dents. In other situations, the damage can be rather intense. While your vehicle may look okay from your point of view, there can be damage to the undercarriage and more. The last thing you want to do is try and drive the vehicle if there is any sense of it being more damaged than appears. It is also important in dealing with the accident to see how the other parties are. Was anyone seriously injured? Be sure to document as much of the accident as possible. This means not only written documentation and any eyewitness statements, but also photos.
- Hit-and-run – If you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you need to get as many details as possible. Did you or anyone at the scene catch the vehicle description and license plate of the other car involved? If the answer is no, it can be tougher to track them down. One thing to look at would be a license plate search engine. In going online to try and find information about a vehicle, having its license plate can be a great help. You are more likely to find the vehicle involved in the incident when you use the web with the license plate in hand. Such info should of course also be in the hands of law enforcement following a hit-and-run.
- Insurance coverage – Last, see if your car is in good enough driving condition or should you buy a new vehicle. If it is the latter, will your insurer or the insurer of the party having caused the accident put money towards it? When in a hit-and-run, this is one of the reasons it is important for you to have evidence to show it was not your fault. It can mean the difference in getting a new vehicle and having to stay with your current one or pay for its repairs.
As bad as auto accidents are, living to tell about it is the key.
So, how will you react when your day is interrupted by an accident?