Imagine a car accident scene in the moments that immediate follow that first meeting between bumper and metal. You’re hurt; you’re angry; you’re emotional; and while all of this understandable, you also have a job to do. You have to perform all of the important steps necessary to help you deal with this car accident in the coming days, weeks and months.
So how do you do that? One step at a time.
It’s easier to say this than to actually do it, but after the crash, you need to take a deep breath, compose yourself, and then get out to survey the scene and help out anyone else who may have been involved. Once you know that everyone else is okay, you can begin to collect some important information. (If someone is severely injured, do not hesitate to call 911.)
Get contact information from anyone involved in the wreck, as well as the contact information (and statements) from anyone who witnessed the wreck. Also, take some pictures of the accident scene. Give yourself a permanent collection of memories to help you detail what that accident scene looked like — the intersection, the road, the wrecked vehicles, etc.
Then, you have to gear up for the long road ahead. You’ll have to deal with your insurance company, as well as get a damage estimate. You’ll also want to keep track of any medical work that is being done. All of this may sound tedious, but it is all crucial in case a legal case is made out of your accident.
Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” Accessed July 28, 2015