Car accidents happen in a split second. You are stunned, hurting and probably angry at the other driver. That’s why it is important to know in advance what to do if you are in an accident. Here are my three ‘must do’ recommendations:
1. Take photographs of the scene before you move your vehicle. These photos will be important to show the location of the vehicle and who is at fault. Even if you are hit from behind, you still need to do this. You would be surprised how many people who rear-end someone say that the other driver “stopped short” or “merged into my lane suddenly.” These photos will help establish that the other driver is at fault.
2. Get witness information. If another driver witnessed the accident, get their name, address and phone number. Most people are willing to stop, but don’t want to wait around until the police arrive. I have had many cases where there were witnesses to the accident, but nobody got their information. These independent witnesses are vital to helping you prove your case.
3. Call the police. Even if the other driver admits fault and tells you they will pay for your property damage, you must call the police. The police take down valuable information about the accident and who was at fault. When we don’t have a police report, stories can change and suddenly the other driver may claim you are at fault.
Sadly, car accidents happen all too often and most people will be in a car accident at some point in their lives. It is important to know what to do if it ever happens, so that you are prepared.