In just the United States alone, over six million car accidents occur each year. Fortunately, however, most only involve property damage. But when you’re experiencing an injury following an accident, what are the first things you should take care of?
The first step is simple — stop. Never drive away from the scene of any accident, ever — even a minor one.
- Protect Yourself
Before getting out to assess the damages, make sure you are safe — check yourself for any injuries that may have been sustained in the accident and, if you are able to move, secure yourself and others.
- Call 9-1-1
No matter how big or small the accident, contact the local police for proper documentation and handling of the accident scene.
- Document, if possible
Exchanging insurance information, taking pictures of the scene and noting an accurate record to police are just a handful of the things that are not only needed for insurance — will also be needed for any potential personal injury claims.
- Seek medical help
Even the slightest scratch, bruise or strain will require documentation. If it’s not a serious injury, take the time to make an appointment with your physician to get a check-up and determine the severity of injuries. If immediate medical attention is required, dial 9-1-1.
We know the hours, days and weeks following a critical accident can be a nightmare. Contact Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers at Hurst Limontes LLC to get a consultation on your personal injury case today!