Car accidents are extremely common in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 people were killed and 2.44 million people were injured in traffic accidents in 2015.
A car accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience for all parties involved. In addition to minor injuries, a car accident may cause insurance rates to increase and car repairs may be necessary.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you have been involved in an accident:
- Don’t apologize – and don’t admit fault: Although it may feel natural to apologize to another driver after an accident, you should avoid doing so. Your apology or admittance of fault could be used against you.
- Call 911: It is important to call 911 even if the crash is minor – and even if there are no apparent injuries.
- Check for injuries: Not all injuries are evident in the moments after an accident. If you believe you may have suffered injuries – and even if you feel like you have not – you should consider seeking medical attention.
- Exchange information: Exchange insurance information and contact information with other drivers involved in the accident. Be sure to collect information such as driver’s license numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and license plate numbers. In addition, you should obtain contact information from any passengers and witnesses.
- Take pictures and videos: Take photographs and videos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved in the accident, and any additional structures or evidence related to the accident.
- Contact your insurance company: You will need to file a claim with your insurance company. Notify your insurance company after an accident regardless of who was at fault.
Use these tips as a guide if the unfortunate happens and you are involved in a car crash.
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