Few occurrences can cause confusion like an auto accident, especially those that result in injuries and physical property damage. Knowing what to do in the aftermath can be difficult, but it’s important to have an idea of how to proceed before the medical technicians and police arrive. Here are a few pointers when being involved and still being mobile enough to react.
Check for any injury and injured passengers
One of the first steps is check yourself for an injury even when there is little to no pain. Adrenaline can run high following a crash, and some victims do not realize they are injured immediately. If you’re still mobile, next check on any passengers in your vehicle first. Sometimes, it is necessary to assist them, but always be cautious when doing so.
Inspect the crash scenario
It is important for anyone who is still able to move following a motor vehicle accident to look for other injured parties and call 911 immediately. Time is of the essence when lives are in danger due to serious and often life-threatening injury. Additionally, it is a good decision to take photos whenever possible. Remember that those photos are private property and could be useful in defending against comparative negligence claims.
Seek medical treatment
In many situations after an auto accident, emergency medical technicians will be part of the 911 response team along with police. Always allow medical professionals to treat any injury as best as they can, and go to the hospital if necessary. The most seriously injured people will usually have priority for being ambulated, but those with moderate to minor injuries should seek attention also regardless of how insignificant the injuries may seem.
Always remember to be succinct when speaking with police because the official report will have major bearing on the fault determination if the case goes to court. Never admit fault of any time, but ensure that everyone involved has their injuries looked at.