Most drivers don’t even consider the possibility of a vehicle collision. Whether driving to school, to work or simply completing daily household errands, a short car ride is generally an unexceptional event. When tragedy strikes, however, drivers can be caught off guard by a crash. There are certain things that must be remembered, however, even in times of extreme stress.
Whether you are facing injury, lost wages or the prospect of expensive vehicle repairs, it is wise to take a moment and ensure you have collected the appropriate information necessary to protect your financial future. Here are five tips for what to do after a vehicle collision in Georgia:
- Take notes. In short, the general advice is to document everything. It is wise to keep a small notepad and pen in your glovebox just in case. From noting the other drivers’ contact information, to license plate numbers, to weather conditions, to the names of any witnesses …. It’s important to note this information because you’ll be asked about it later either from the police or your insurance company.
- Take photos. In the same vein of “document everything,” it is important to create a complete photographic record. Take pictures of the vehicle damage, the road conditions, the surrounding area and any injuries.
- Make phone calls. Generally, two. You’ll need to call the police and you’ll need to call your insurance carrier. Both organizations will want to open a file and begin creating documentation about your vehicle accident. They can also help you in the event you need to have a tow truck or medical personnel on scene.
- Seek medical treatment. Even if you feel fine, it is wise to have a full diagnostic workup after an accident. Some injuries, such as soft tissue damage or concussion, might take hours or even days to appear. They could be masked by swelling, numbness or even adrenaline.
- Never leave the scene. Staying at the scene of the accident until given the all-clear by either medical personnel or law enforcement is the best course of action. It can prevent confusion, and, in a worst-case scenario, it can prevent the other party from coloring the situation to best fit their interests.
It is easy to get confused and frustrated after a vehicle collision. Depending on the severity of the wreck, individuals can quickly become overwhelmed by the possibility of a serious injury or wages that will be lost during recovery. It is important to remain calm, however, as the steps you take during stressful situations can help you in the future. Contacting an attorney will be your final step, however, as an experienced personal injury lawyer can fight to recover your full and fair monetary compensation from both your insurance carrier and the party responsible for the accident.