Car accidents can happen for many reasons, but do you know what to do when you are in an accident that wasn’t your fault?
Whether you are the driver or a passenger in a motor vehicle incident that wasn’t your fault, there are things that you need to know. The following steps will help guide you through this stressful time.
Step 1: Call the Police/Emergency Services
Call emergency services if anyone is injured or trapped in their vehicle after an accident. This is especially important if the accident wasn’t your fault. An official police report will help hold the other driver accountable for damages and repair costs.
Tip: Ask the police for a copy of their report or the file number.
Step 2: Take Photos of the Scene:
If you are not seriously injured, exit your vehicle and take photos of the accident scene. Include all angles, license plates and any damage to the vehicle.
Make sure to be cautious and only take photos when it is safe to do so.
Step 3: Move To A Safe Place
The safety of everyone involved should be a top priority. If your vehicle is still driveable and there are no serious injuries, move your car to the side of the road. This will help keep other drivers safe and protect your vehicle from any further damage.
If your vehicle is not driveable, make sure to turn on your hazard lights or place cones around your car to warn other motorists. If no one is seriously injured, have all passengers exit the vehicle and walk to safety, away from the scene.
Step 4: Obtain Contact Information
Before you leave the scene, make sure to collect the following information:
Tip: Do not discuss the accident of who is at fault with the other driver. Leave those details up to the police and your insurance company.
Step 5: Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Speaking to a personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you are entitled to a claim, as well as guide you on the necessary next steps to take.
At McGuiness Law, we provide free consultations and advise you about what to expect when involved in a motor vehicle case. Our goal is to help you feel empowered by educating you on what you are entitled to receive. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and the cost of any future care.