What Should You Do If You Are in a Car Crash?

Written By Melissa Jabour

Oftentimes, following a car crash, those involved experience a flood of emotions, including confusion over what just happened. The scene may be chaotic. Being prepared and remaining calm can make the process much easier. There are certain steps you may want to take in order to ensure that everyone is safe and that your rights are protected.

Remember:

  • Check yourself and your passengers for injuries.
    • If someone is injured, call immediately for medical help.
  • Get to a safe location.
    • If you are able to do so, move to the side of the road or a sidewalk. If your car is safe to drive and is causing a hazard where it is, pull over to the side of the road.
  • Call 911.
    • The responding police officers will fill out a report and document what occurred.
  • Exchange information with the other driver, including the following:
    • The driver’s name, address, and telephone number;
    • Insurance information;
    • Driver’s license and license plate number; and
    • Make, model, year and color of the vehicle.
  • Document the car crash.
    • Get the contact information of all responding police officers.
    • Ask the police officers where you can obtain a copy of the Police Crash Report.
    • Gather information from any witnesses, including their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
    • Use your phone to take pictures of the crash scene, including the surrounding area, any property damage, your injuries, and any physical evidence such as an item on the road that may have caused the crash.
  • Report the crash to your insurance company.

The initial aftermath of a car crash can be daunting. If anyone was injured, it is best to consult an attorney as soon as possible. This can ensure that your rights are protected should you need to take legal action against the responsible party.