What Should You Do After a Car Accident?


Have an after-accident plan!

The moments after a car accident can be very disorienting and filled with a rush of emotions. Be prepared. Following these suggested steps could be critical to protecting yourself.

  1. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries
    If you or someone else is injured, call 911, or ask a bystander at the scene to do so.
  2. Get to safety
    If you are not injured, and your car is safe to drive, move it to the side of the road. Otherwise, turn on hazard lights, turn off the engine, and make sure you and your passengers move to a safe area away from the accident. If possible, do not leave the general site of the accident unless your physical safety is at risk.
  3. Call the police (911)
    Whether the car accident is a minor “fender-bender” or a serious collision, call the police. If they can respond they will fill out an accident report and document the facts of the accident at the scene. Try not to leave the location of the accident. If you leave before the police permit you to do so, you can be charged with hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident. If the police are not able to respond to the scene, go to the nearest police station and fill out an accident report after completing the following steps.
  4. Exchange important information
    Calmly exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. The most important information includes:
    • Full name and contact information
    • Insurance company and policy numbers
    • Driver’s license and license plate number
    • Vehicle type, model, VIN number, and color
    • Accident location information
    • Do not discuss who is at fault with the other driver when going over accident details.
  5. Document the accident – get the essential details
    Protect yourself by taking the following steps:
    • Identify the police officers, including names and badge numbers.
    • Get a copy of the accident report.
    • Take pictures or video of both cars from different angles, and skid marks and
    • nearby security cameras. Your cell phone can be very helpful during this step!
    • Record the names of all parties involved – use your cell phone recorder if necessary to make a recording – speak slowly and clearly.
    • Talk to the witnesses – take down their names and contact information.
  1. Notify your insurance company
    Notify them that you have been in an accident
  2. Contact Akin & Tate – Atlanta’s auto accident attorneys
    Protect yourself. We can help you navigate your post-accident legal process, including:
    • Communicating with the insurance companies.
    • Collecting your medical records.
    • If necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf.
    • Negotiating with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.
    • Trying your case if the insurance company refuses to provide you with a fair settlement.

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