Do You Know What To Do After a Car Crash?
Do you know what to do following a car crash? The reality is that most drivers don’t know even though some studies show that drivers can expect to be involved in three to four accidents in their lifetime. Knowing what to do and what crash information to record is essential, and it starts with preparing for a crash long before it happens.
Preparing for the Possibility
Every time you get behind the wheel, there is the possibility of a crash. Preparing a checklist of things to record and steps to take is a wise first step to prepare yourself if a motor vehicle accident occurs. That is because, in the immediate aftermath of an accident, adrenaline, stress, and potential injuries can make it difficult to focus. A checklist can help you regain your focus and gather the crucial crash information you need to collect.
Place your checklist in your glove box along with a pen and some paper. That way, if your phone is damaged, you can resort to “old school” technology to collect the crash information you need to pursue a car accident claim.
Your checklist should include the following:
- Check for injuries and take steps to protect your personal safety
- Contact law enforcement and file a police report
- Contact your insurance provider
- Collect eyewitness contact information including names, phone numbers, and email addresses
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver(s)
- Document damage to your vehicle, other vehicles, and any structures damaged in the collision
- Take photographs and video of the accident scene, including photographs and video of any personal injuries
- Look for any video surveillance cameras that may have captured the accident
- Seek immediate medical treatment
These steps are essential and can help establish the facts that support your car accident claim in Colorado. It also ensures you remain compliant with the law and the terms of your insurance policy. When combined with the crash information recorded by your vehicle’s onboard computer, this information can create a clear chain of events. It can show how fast a vehicle was traveling, road conditions, and more.
The car accident attorneys at Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. can help you assemble your crash information into a valid legal claim. We encourage you to contact our Boulder law firm at (303) 447-1144 for more information about the ways we use your crash information to pursue personal injury compensation in Colorado.
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