Auto accidents covers many different areas. The auto accident may include pedestrian accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, big rig accidents, UBER accidents, LYFT accidents, taxi accidents, rideshare accidents, commuter bus accidents and taxi accidents.
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Auto Accident Categories:
- Car Accident
- Truck Accident
- Dangerous Road Condition Accident
- Distracted Driver
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Head-On Collision
- Hit & Run Accident
- Intersection Accident
- Rear-End Collision
- T-Bone/Side Impact Accident
- Uninsured Motorist Accident
- Rollover Accident
- UBER Accident
- Lyft Accidenet
- Ride Share Accident
Other Vehicle/Auto Accident Types:
- Motorcyle Accident
- Commercial Accident
What Should You Do If You’ve Been In A Car Accident?
Car accidents are scary and even traumatic events. Immediately after a car accident, you will probably have a hard time thinking straight, which is why it is important to be prepared. Below is a guide to help you be prepared if you ever get into a car accident.
Other than taking precautions while driving, you should take precautions before and get an emergency kit for your vehicle. If ever you do get into a car accident, it can come in handy. Make sure your insurance information, vehicle registration, and driver’s license are with you. It may be a good idea to organize these items and know exactly where you are that way you aren’t emptying the contents of your glove department trying to find your insurance card.
2. The Accident Has Happened
Don’t feel bad. Accidents have and do happen. Be calm and know that everything will be alright. Safety is the number one concern at this point. Make sure you and all your passengers are okay. If you are able to, go check on the other vehicle and make sure everyone there is okay. If anyone is injured, call 911. Make sure to note the cross streets and clearly tell the dispatcher what has occurred. If even you aren’t sure an individual is injured, but they appear disoriented, call 911. It is better to be safe than sorry.
3. Move the Vehicle
Staying in the middle of the street or freeway is not the safest action. If you are able to move your car into nearby shopping center or the emergency lane if on the freeway. If there are injuries involved or the car can no longer be operated, then lay orange cones or flares (whatever is available). After laying out markers so others on the road can avoid your vehicle, get out of the car and move to the shoulder of the road.
4. To Call The Police Or Not To Call
The immediate thought after a car accident is to call the police. However, it is important to understand that, in some cities, officers do not come out to the scene unless injuries have been sustained. It is no harm to try. Call your local police department and tell them what has occurred, including if there is anyone injured and if the vehicles are blocking the flow to traffic. They will let you know if they will come out to do a report or if they want you guys to exchange information on your own.
If the police are dispatched, wait for them and make sure to get the traffic collision report number. If they will not be arriving at the scene, continue below. Even if officers do not arrive on the scene, take the information you received from the other party and go to your local police station to file a report.
5. Don’t Be Mean
Accidents happen. Even if you are not at fault, yelling at the other driver will not get you anywhere. It will only create tension and you still need their information. Now if they are yelling at you, still try to be calm. Be polite. Politely make sure they are okay and ask for their driver’s license and insurance information.
6. What Information Do You Need?
At minimum, make sure you write down these things:
- Their name
- Their address
- Their phone number
- The make and model of their car
- Their license plate number
- Their insurance carrier and insurance policy number
Take photos of the accident scene. Make sure you do not sign anything and do not give out any sensitive information, such as your social security number.
7. Avoid Saying “I’m Sorry”
Admitting guilt or apologizing can make it more difficult for you in the process. Make sure the other party is okay and avoid apologizing to them. Leave determining fault to the police officers or the insurance companies.
8. Go To The Emergency Room Even If You’re “Fine”
Even if you feel okay after the accident, you should take the risk of injury seriously. You might feel fine, but there are a number of injuries commonly associated with car accidents that don’t show symptoms immediately. Your adrenaline can easily hide the fact that you’re hurt, so be sure to keep an eye out for any pain or stiffness as time passes. Visit the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility and get checked out by a doctor.
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This is where we come in. After an accident, your main focus should be you, yourself, and yours. Take care of yourself and focus on your health. Let us do the tough work. We will set up the insurance claims and guide you on what to do next. Contact us. We are you for you.