If you are in a car accident, the steps you take immediately after a collision are extremely important.
No matter how insignificant you think it is, never leave the scene of an accident. Do what you can to protect the scene by putting the flashers on in your car or using flares.
You should also call the police, even if you think that no one has been seriously injured; you might need a police report to file a claim with an insurance company. Always be respectful when speaking with police officers, and give your side of the story as best you can. If you don’t remember something, don’t make it up.
If you are asked whether you need medical attention, take it. Car accidents can result in injuries that are not apparent initially, and it’s better to see a doctor just to be safe.
Take pictures of the scene and any damage done if you can. Even after a short amount of time, you may not remember the particulars of the accident, and pictures will help put the pieces together. It will also make it easier for you to prove your claim with an insurance company.
Exchange insurance information with all people involved, and ask for statements from any witnesses to the accident. Then report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Keep track of every document, even if you think it doesn’t matter.
Finally, if you are even considering filing a lawsuit to seek damages as a result of your car accident, meet with a trusted personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. He or she will be able to keep track of important papers and filing dates, as well as give you advice on how to best proceed regarding your car accident.