If you and your family are ever involved in a collision, you need to know what steps to take to protect yourselves and get the help you need.
There are several steps that all people should take as soon as possible after a crash, including checking on everyone involved in the crash, calling for help, getting medical treatment and learning more about your right to compensation. Taking these steps helps you make sure more people get the care they need after a crash and puts you in a better position if you want to make a personal injury claim.
The steps to take after a collision
If you’re involved in a collision, take these steps.
- Check on your passengers and others involved
First, make sure you check on your passengers. If you or anyone in your vehicle is hurt, you need to start providing first aid when possible.
- Call 911
You need to have a police officer and ambulance come to the scene at the very least. Usually, the fire department, police and ambulance team arrive at different times, but all are able to provide aid. Let the dispatcher know what kinds of injuries you or others have (if you know) and give them your location. If you’re not sure where you’re at, look for defining landmarks.
- Collect evidence
If you’re able to, now is a good time to collect some evidence. Take photos of the vehicles involved, serious injuries that took place and witness information. This information will help your case later.
- Go to the hospital
After that, go to the hospital with the paramedics. Get treatment, so you can be on the path to healing from your injuries.
- Learn more about your right to compensation
Finally, take the time to learn about the compensation you can seek out. You may have a right to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other losses.
If you remember to do all these things after a crash, you’ll be in a better position to make a personal injury claim later. Put your health first, and then look into your legal options.