What To Do After a Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault

Reynolds and Reynolds Law Firm
Unfortunately, a car accident can happen at any time. But they’re not always your fault. However, if it’s your first time in an accident, you might be wondering what is supposed to happen after the fact. The politics of a car accident can be challenging to navigate, but that’s why Reynolds and Reynolds are here to help. We’re here to guide you through 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 scene of a wreck 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 can be 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. 

Exchange Information

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. 

Gather Evidence

It’s crucial that you gather evidence of the scene for incident reports and 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 make sure everything is done correctly. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more information.