Car accidents happen when we least expect them. It’s important to know what steps to take after another driver causes a wreck. The initial focus should be on getting medical attention for all who need it. Once everyone is out of harm’s way, you should file a report with the police and obtain the other driver’s information. What do you do after you leave the scene of the accident?
- Notify the Other Driver’s Insurer of the Accident
Contact the other driver’s insurer and notify them that the accident happened and that their client was at-fault. Explain what happened and let them know that you will be seeking damages. They will most likely begin an investigation. The police will continue to investigate as well.
- Notify Your Insurer That the Accident Happened
As a goodwill gesture, you can also contact your insurer and let them know that you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Provide them with the details, so they know what happened and how to go about making a case if the other insurance company decides to lodge a counterclaim.
- Assess the Damage
Go to a doctor to assess any injuries you may have sustained and have your car taken to a mechanic to estimate vehicle damage. Your doctor can record injuries and provide a note with their assessment while the mechanic can provide a repair quote for your car.
This are just broad suggestions, it is important to know that the next step of formally lodging a claim involves a legal process. To learn more about vehicle accident fault and compensation, contact Carew Lawyers. We can provide advice and help you ensure that you take every step necessary to get a successful outcome.