Anyone who has ever experienced an auto accident knows that uneasy feeling of helplessness and panic that sets in shortly thereafter. We have created an auto accident checklist (PDF) to help you figure out what to do in the event that you experience an accident.
Print a copy of this auto accident checklist and keep it in your vehicle’s glove box just in case.
Summary of this Auto Accident Checklist:
1. Get Medical Help
The first thing you want to do after an accident is to make sure to get medical help for anyone who is injured. Many times, a person may be in shock and not notice an injury until later, or miss an internal injury completely and suffer significantly when adrenaline wears off. It is important that you seek medical help in any type of serious accident.
2. Contact Police
Never flee the scene of an accident as this will constitute breaking the law and may result in hit-and-run charges. A police report is crucial evidence when it comes to a personal injury claim.
3. Exchange Information
If you are cable of doing so, exchange information with all parties involved. Collect vehicle information including license plate number, year, make and model, other driver’s contact information and their insurance information. The checklist has a place to list all of this information.
4. Collect Witness Information
If there are any witnesses to the accident, make sure to collect their contact information and accounts of what happened.
5. Take Photos
Photos can help your injury claim significantly. If available, use your smart phone’s camera to capture clear images of the vehicle, the scene and any other details that may be important in proving the other driver’s negligence.
6. Sketch the Accident
Use this auto accident checklist to sketch the accident. Use the description field to note the direction of the vehicles involved, vehicle speeds, weather conditions and any other important details. The more details the better. People often forget important details when delaying describing the accident.
7. Get Legal Help
Besides your contact and insurance information, do not share any details of the accident with ANYONE but the police officer. Contact an attorney who has experience dealing with auto accidents as soon as you can. Waiting to do so later may jeopardize your claim as valuable evidence could be lost.