Every 10 seconds, a driver in the U.S. gets into a car accident, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). While you may be a careful driver and think that, as a result, you likely won’t get into a car accident, the NHTSA has also found that, on average, drivers get into a car accident about every five years. Given these statistics, as well as the fact that car accidents can result in costly, devastating damage to one’s health and vehicle, it’s essential that drivers understand what to do following a car accident so they:
- Can avoid potentially facing criminal charges (if, for example, they leave the scene of the accident before police arrive)
- Can protect their best interests when it comes to filing insurance claims following the accident
- Can immediately start gathering any evidence of potential negligence that caused the accident, which can be indispensable if they later choose to file a car accident lawsuit against the reckless or negligent party responsible for the crash.
If you are unfamiliar with what to do after a car accident (or if you have a new driver in the family), be sure to brush up on the following tips. After a car accident:
- First check for injuries: Before you do anything, check yourself, the passengers in your vehicle and any other individuals involved in the accident to see if they have been injured. If anyone appears to have been seriously injured in the crash, be sure to tell 911 operators when you call in the accident (so the appropriate emergency responders are rushed to the scene). If no one has sustained any serious injuries in the accident, the call in the accident to a non-emergency number so that the proper authorities respond.
Additional tips on what to do after a car accident will be presented in the forthcoming Part 2 of this blog.
Centennial Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Centennial personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.