What to Do After a Car Accident
Car accidents can happen to even the safest of drivers. If you are ever involved in an accident, it is important to know which steps to take to help ensure everyone’s safety and to protect your personal property.
After a car accident of any kind, remember to follow these steps:
- Get to a safe location: No matter how shaken up or scared you might be after an accident, the first step is to make sure that everyone involved is safe. Exit the vehicle carefully and move a safe distance from the vehicle, watching for other traffic. If someone is seriously injured, get medical help immediately.
- Call the police: No matter the severity of the accident, the police should be contacted. The officer will gather information and will complete a police report, which you will need in order to file a claim with your insurance company. In addition, you need a police report in case you choose to seek legal assistance after an accident. When you first contact the police, make sure you let them know your exact location and whether or not someone needs medical help.
- Gather and exchange information: After moving to safer ground and contacting the police, it is important to exchange insurance information with the other person involved in the accident. First make sure that the driver is not seriously injured, and then collect his or her information and offer yours. Sometimes, upset or angry drivers may act in an impolite and difficult manner, but it is important to ignore this type of behavior and get the information that you need. Be sure not to discuss the events of the crash, since this discussion might affect your ability to take legal action later.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 for legal assistance.