Of course, no one plans to be in an accident. However, the reality is that more than likely one day you will be involved in an accident, either as a driver of a vehicle or as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. Being involved in an accident can be a frightening event. After an accident, people often find themselves feeling like they should be doing something, but are not exactly sure what they should be doing. If you ever find yourself in in the aftermath of an auto accident, the following are some useful steps you can take to help the situation:
- Call for help: Obviously the first thing you will want to do is determine if you or anyone else in your vehicle is injured. If so, call 911 or if you are unable to do so, tell a bystander to make the call. Once you have made sure that everyone in your vehicle is okay check to see if other people who were involved in the accident are in need of medical attention.
- Move to safety: Depending on the severity of the accident, you may or may not be able to drive your vehicle. If you are able to do so, it is smart to move all vehicles and passengers out of the road and to a safe place.
- Be careful what you say: After an accident, you may feel like you could or should have done something to prevent the accident from happening in the first place. You may even think that you are to blame for the accident. However, despite your feelings it is best not to express these thoughts to others. It is okay to ask others if they are okay, but resist saying something like “I am sorry” which can be viewed as an admittance of guilt.
- Take down the other drivers’ information: For every car involved in the accident you will want to obtain each driver’s contact and insurance information. If you do not have a pen or paper handy, you can use the phone on your cell phone to photograph insurance cards, license plates and driver’s licenses.
- Obtain bystander information: If there were any bystanders who witnessed the accident you will want to try to obtain their contact information as well. You do not need to try convince anyone of your innocence, just take down their information for possible later use.
- Document the scene: If you have the opportunity, take photos of the scene including major damage to vehicles and injuries to yourself and/or your passengers. It is also a good idea to take photos of the location of the accident including any street signs or signage that may be significant.
- File a police report: In some cases if there are no injuries, police may not report to the scene of an accident. However, it is still important to file a police report within 24 hours.
- Contact a trusted personal injury attorney: If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries from an accident it is important to seek out the assistance of a well-respected personal injury attorney who can help you through the process of obtaining compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries after being involved in an automobile accident it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You may have medical bills, lost wages and/or the expense of car repairs or replacement. You may also be dealing with the run around from the insurance company who may be offering you far too little. This is why you need to stop and contact an experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney. The seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handle Law Center can help you obtain the compensation that you are owed. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorneys, call The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.