4 Tips for what to do after a car accident

what to do after a car accident

Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and sometimes traumatizing experience. But, like all things in life, it makes it easier if you are prepared and if you know what to do ahead of time should the unfortunate event occur.

Below you’ll discover four tips to keep in mind for what you should do after a car accident.

1. Make sure you’re okay

If you have been involved in a car accident the first thing you need to do is evaluate your well-being. Even if others are with you, it won’t be possible to help them until you first verify that you are okay.

Keep in mind that often times after a car accident, you may have sustained injuries that your adrenaline rush is masking. So, in addition to evaluating your health immediately following the accident, it is important to continue monitoring it for the next few weeks–this includes mental health as well.

Once you have verified that you are okay, check on others involved in the accident to see if anyone is in need of medical attention.  

2. Move to a safe area (if possible) and notify authorities

Once you have checked on the health and well-being of those involved, you should prioritize getting yourself out of harm’s way. It is not illegal to move your vehicle after a car accident. In fact, its illegal not to move it if has become a safety hazard to the public and is capable of being moved (think of the many fender-benders you’ve seen in the middle of the highway).

If possible, maneuver your vehicle to the side of the road or a nearby parking lot. If you are on the highway, you may have noticed signs that say “ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION ZONE AHEAD”; these are locations designated to, well, investigate the accident you were just in if your vehicle is capable of being moved–go there!

You will also need to notify the police and any medical personnel, if necessary. The police will allow you to create a documented report of the car accident so for both insurance and legal claims down the road.
3. Gather as much information as possible

3. Gather as much information as possible

Information that you may not think is very important at the time can become very important in the future. So, once you have completed the first two steps be sure to do your best and gather as much information about the car accident as possible. This can include:

  • Accident location
  • Insurance info
  • Vehicles involved
  • License plate numbers
  • Driver and passenger names
  • Total number of people involved
  • Officer badge numbers and names
  • Any eyewitness information

4. Connect with a medical and legal service

For survivors of a car accident, symptoms from catastrophic injuries may often manifest weeks or even months after a car accident. In the blink of an eye, your entire life can change dramatically. So, if you have been involved in a car accident, it is possible that a local network of medical and legal providers may be an affordable option that can help you get the medical care and legal advice you need right away.  At Ask Duke, our extensive network of car accident lawyers and medical providers throughout the state of Illinois can help car accident victims recover from serious injuries, such as:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Bone Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs
  • Burns and Scarring
  • Psychological Trauma

We have a simple, three-step process that allows us to quickly get you the help you need and deserve if you have been injured in an accident. For more information about these services, contact us today.

As we said at the beginning, it is always good to be prepared. We hope that you never have to go through the experience of being in a car accident, but if you do be sure to use these tips to guide you through the process.