A traffic accident can completely change the course of the average day. It’s never planned and can have a significant impact on the following weeks and months. In some cases, a severe injury could affect a person for years. So, what should you do immediately after a traffic accident?
Stay Calm and Get Medical Assistance
The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Yelling, screaming, or otherwise losing your composure won’t improve the situation. The initial focus should remain on getting medical assistance for anyone who needs it. Also, make sure all involved are in a safe place (in case of nearby moving traffic).
Gather Information and Call the Police
Once you or those involved have been stabilised (or if there were little to no injuries), you should gather information. You will need the vehicle registration number, name, and address of all car owners. Keep in mind that the driver may not be the owner of the vehicle or the one whose name is on the insurance policy.
If there is property damage or injuries, the police should be called and a report made. Property damage includes damage done to other vehicles, structures, street signs, or anything else harmed as a result of the accident.
Move Your Vehicle
Carefully check your vehicle before attempting to drive it after the accident. If any of the following apply, then the car should be towed:
- Airbag is deployed
- Seatbelt pre-tensioners fired
- Safety lights are on
- Damage to suspension or wheels
- Liquid leaking under the car
Find Legal Help
You should also look for legal help whether you were at fault or not. A professional can assess the situation and make recommendations that could provide financial protection after the incident. Contact Carew Lawyers today to discuss traffic accident claims.