No one expects to be involved in a car crash, but when they happen, they change everything in an instant. You may not be able to return to your job, may have serious injuries to attend to and could have financial stress that you were not expecting.
It’s important to take the right steps after an auto collision so that you can get the help you need and the financial coverage that will pay back your medical bills and other losses.
5 steps to take after a car crash
There are set steps to take once a car crash occurs. Here’s what you should do after a collision.
- Check yourself and others for injuries
The first step to take after a crash is to see if anyone involved in the crash has been injured. While you may be frustrated or angry about the crash, this is a time to set that aside and identify the injuries that have occurred.
- Call 911
The next step is to call 911 and let the operator know what kinds of injuries there are. Give them your name, the location of the collision and other information to prepare the first responders for what they’ll find at the scene.
- Exchange information
While you wait for help, it’s time to exchange information if you’re able to do so. Exchange your names, insurance cards and other documents to make sure you can get in touch after seeking medical care and once you leave the scene.
- Get medical care
Once you do all of this, get medical care. Allow the ambulance to take you to the hospital. While you may not be sure if you have injuries or not, it’s better to err on the side of caution and to start documenting the impact of the crash through a medical exam.
- Start your personal injury claim
After all of this is done, it’s time to start your personal injury claim. Starting your claim early will give you the opportunity to seek compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses.
These are five steps to take after a car crash. Take care of yourself first, then look into making your claim.