Stay calm and assess the situation
There is a good chance that you will experience a variety of emotions after a crash, such as shock and anxiety. Therefore, the first thing that you should do after an accident is to take a minute to calm your nerves. Once you are calm, you should assess the scene and determine if you need to move to a safer location. If you don’t think that you can move, call 911 for help or ask someone to make the call on your behalf.
Take pictures and get the other driver’s information
Ideally, you will take pictures of your vehicle as well as any others that were involved in the accident. In most cases, your phone will note the time and date that the pictures were taken, so you don’t have to. The other driver should be willing to provide you with his or her contact and insurance information. Don’t hesitate to call the police if you can’t obtain this information on your own. After gathering as much evidence as possible, contact your insurance company to file a claim.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, it may be difficult to return to work or otherwise live a normal life. An attorney may help you obtain compensation to make up for missed wages, lost future earnings and other damages related to the accident. In some cases, you’ll be compensated for legal fees or other court costs incurred when pursuing a settlement or a lawsuit.