When you plan your Labor Day weekend road trip, you may think about the essentials: how much food to pack in the cooler; whether there are movies for the kids to watch, whether you packed all that you will need at your destination, whether you need to get gas.
In all of your pre-trip preparations, you probably don’t think about what to do in the event of an accident. After all, why should you? Most people are safe, prudent drivers who have never been in a crash. Nevertheless it is better to be safe than sorry. With that, we offer the following tips for what to do after an accident.
Stay calm – This may be easier said than done, but remaining calm at the scene is critical in preserving your claim. Yes, it is okay to shaken, or even angry, but you don’t want to do anything that could jeopardize your ability to recover damages.
Be sure to get insurance information – Regardless of who you may believe is at fault, getting the other driver’s insurance information is key. There may be a problem with obtaining this information; either because the other driver left the scene, he or she did not have their information (even though they are supposed to under state law) or they are unconscious. In these instances, other identifying information (such as a person’s address, telephone number, and license plate number) can be helpful.
Use your camera – The camera on your cell phone can be very helpful in memorializing the scene of the crash as well as the damage to your vehicle. You may also be able to quickly download your insurance company’s app so that you can send pictures directly to your insurer so that you may start a claim.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a Labor Day weekend car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.