Call the PoliceCall the police immediately after your accident occurs. It does not matter if the accident is a tiny fender bender or a multiple car pileup. A police officer can fill out an accident report documenting the exact time, date, weather conditions, and damage that occurred at the scene. When you begin the process of seeking compensation from your insurance provider, this document can help by providing an accurate, objective depiction of the accident. Additionally, if the officer needs to provide a testimony of what happened at the scene, this document can provide the insurance company with the officer’s contact information. Be sure to get the officer’s name, contact information, accident report number and badge number when he or she arrives to the scene. You will need this information if you want to request a copy of the accident report.
Make Sure Everybody is Okay, then Seek Medical Attention for All InjuriesCheck on every driver and passenger who was involved in the accident and, if necessary, seek medical attention for their injuries. This is important for two reasons:
- The longer a victim waits to seek medical attention, the less effective it will be. Always put your health and safety first and worry about the costs and insurance issues later.
- If you do choose to seek monetary compensation for your injuries, building a paper trail is a good way to prove the extent of your injuries. Your doctor’s opinion is important and can help you get an adequate amount of money for your expenses.