Do you Know the Best Course of Action During an Automotive Accident?
It is reported that over 1.25 million people die each year as a result of automobile accidents which translates to an average of 3,287 deaths daily. Further, it is estimated that 20 to 50 million people will end up with life time injuries, disabled and severely incapacitated. That said, it is normal for people to be confused and frustrated when they are involved in an automobile accident and sadly this is where the problem starts. It is always good to follow some dos and don’ts so you don’t end up making costly mistakes that may compromise on the outcome of the car accident in future. Keep reading to discover more about the dos and don’ts of an automobile accident to avoid making very costly mistakes that may affect your case should it go to trial.
For starters, you might want to make that all important call to the police to inform them of the accident. At the very least, the police will help and guide you seek medical attention and of course, play a significant role in documenting the scenes of the accident. Police details, comments and notes about the accident can play a huge role should the accident case proceed to trial so be sure to give them priority over anything else.
Unless you are seeking urgent medical attention which should be your top priority, never leave the scene of the accident until the police arrive. It is important you stay put at the scene even if the other party decides to leave as the cost of leaving can be too high and severe for you. It is imperative you ensure the scene of the accident is fully protected until the police give a go ahead unless of course, your physical injuries are more than you can bear. Even better would be for you if you could take still images and a couple of short clips of the accident scene using your mobile phone. It is also important you set up the flares, turn the flashers on, put on the headlights or have a flashlight illuminating the accident scene lest other vehicles ram into the scene and worsen the situation.
Always ensure you seek medical attention even if there are no physical injuries and bruises that are visible. Some internal injuries may not be felt right away so it is important to learn more about such things so you can be fully prepared. A good doctor should check any possible soft tissue injuries or internal bleeding that may compromise on your system’s functionality in future. By all means, pick up their numbers and other vital info. so they can be followed up should the need of their version of the story be required.