After an accident, there are many things that you should do right away. But, most people are upset or unable to focus right afterwards, so it can be easy to forget what needs to be done. If you’ve been in an accident, make sure you do at least these three things immediately.
Check To Ensure Everyone Is OK
This seems common sense, but as a good citizen, the first thing you should do is make sure that everyone involved in the accident is ok. However, this isn’t the time to start talking about the accident to other people. Just go to each vehicle or person and ask if everyone is ok. Keep a mental note of who is injured so that when medical personnel arrive you can help them make sure everyone gets treated in the quickest manner possible.
Call Emergency Services And The Police
Don’t expect that someone else has already called the police. Always call the police yourself. This ensures that you have done your duty to make sure that help is on the way for people who may be injured, including yourself, and that there is a record of you reporting the accident. It’s a small step, but many people who have been involved in an accident don’t call the police themselves because they think someone else has already done it. Even if everyone tells you they have called, just do it yourself too.
After you’ve called the police and made sure everyone is ok, the next step is to be sure you’re ok. You already know if you’re injured or not, but this involves protecting yourself with proof of the accident. If your cell phone has a camera, this is the time to take pictures. If it is a vehicle accident, take pictures of your vehicle as well as all of the other vehicles involved. Be sure to get close pictures that show damage, but also get pictures from far enough away to see the entire scene if possible. These pictures can be very important proof that your personal injury lawyer may need later on, so get as many as possible.
There is going to be some wait time after an accident and before the police arrive. Use this time wisely to ensure everyone is ok, to call the police yourself, and to being getting photographic evidence of the accident. This is the best use of your time and will help you in the long run if you need to hire a personal injury lawyer.