What To Do After a Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault
Remain at the Site of the Crash
No matter what, stay at the location of the wreck until law enforcement arrives. Fleeing from any wreck scene is against the law in all cases. Even if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run, you should stay where you are and report the incident to the police yourself. Keep a notebook and pen in your glove box for incidents like these. You might be inclined to use your phone, but it could lose power. Paper can’t. Write down all the details necessary in your notepad for when the police arrive.
Call the Police
Whether it’s a minor or severe wreck, you should call 911 as soon as possible. The police will arrive and receive statements from both parties involved. The reports are used to file insurance claims, especially if the wreck isn’t your fault. As you wait for the police to arrive, you should move your vehicles out of the flow of traffic. If this is not possible, you should stay in your vehicle with your hazard lights on until the police arrive and help you.
Exchanging information is critical after a wreck occurs. Even if the incident is minor, you should gather the other driver’s insurance if you want assistance paying for damages or injuries. The information you should attain includes their name, address, phone number, insurance company contact information, policy number, driver’s license, and license plate number. This information will streamline the process with your insurance and your attorney should you decide to hire one.
You must gather evidence of the scene for incident reports to take the case further. This includes gathering the contact information of witnesses and taking pictures of the scene.
If you need assistance with what to do after you’ve been in a wreck, contact Reynolds and Reynolds Law Firm in Dallas and Frisco, Texas today! Our experts will walk you through the process and ensure everything is done correctly. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more information.