What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident

Posted on 23 August 2015 by Tony Santos

A car accident can be a horribly stressful thing to have happen to you, even if you are not badly injured. The damage to your vehicle can be expensive to repair, and if it is not roadworthy following the incident you’ll also have to arrange alternative transport. Injuries that seem small can still have an impact or lead to longer term problems, and of course, you lose time and money sorting everything out.

When the accident was not your fault, and can be put down to an error on the part of another person involved, the resolutions to your property or physical damage and anything else, such as money lost due to time off of work as a result of the accident or your injuries, should be claimed on their insurance.

Evidence – Why is it Important?

Insurance claims can require a lot of evidence and documentation, so the more you gather immediately after the accident (assuming you are not in need of emergency medical care), the more smoothly your claim should go, and if there are problems you will have more evidence to give to an auto incident lawyer like Burke Harvey if you decide to go for compensation.

Here are three things to do immediately after your accident:

Take Photos

Using your phone’s camera, or any other camera to hand, take a lot of pictures of the accident scene, including any damage to the vehicles involved, and things like tire marks or damage to nearby property. Also take pictures of any injuries you or your passengers have sustained. You’ll need these pictures to be clear so take plenty of them – it only takes a few seconds to get a good burst of shots of each piece of evidence, and you may be glad of having good photos later.

Talk to Witnesses and Get Contact Details

If there was anyone around when you had your accident other than the people involved, talk to them right away. Find out what they saw, and get hold of their contact details so you can get in touch if you need their evidence later in the process. If they are reluctant to give a phone number or home address to a stranger, get an email address. Check any numbers they give you work before letting them go!

Get an Immediate Check Up with a Doctor

If you have any injuries that may lead to a later claim, you’ll want medical evidence from immediately after the accident, before any obvious signs of injury have faded or healed. Seek out a medical check up and make sure you have a copy of any documentation related to this to provide to claims adjusters or attorneys.

Usually, motor incident insurance claims are easily resolved, however if you also want to make a legal case or there are any delays or issues, having as much evidence from the immediate time after you had the accident can make a huge amount of difference.

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