Car Crash Tips
It’s important to know what to do if you get into a car accident. Taking the wrong steps can not only hurt you physically but damage your wallet and driving record if your case goes to court.
In the first part of our two-part series, we suggested that you first check yourself for injuries. After you’ve done this, walk or drive to a safe area away from heavy traffic. Next, ensure others involved in the accident aren’t injured. In this final part, we’ll explore three more actions you must take if you’re involved in an accident.
1. Call the police
If you get into a car accident, you should typically call the police. The only time not calling the police may be acceptable is if no damage (e.g., dents or scratches) is present. In this circumstance, you both may come to an agreement that filing a police report isn’t necessary. However, you should still exchange information and take pictures for proof in case either car unexpectedly acts up down the line.
If someone has damaged your car or you’ve been injured, you need to call 911 and file a report. First and foremost, your health and safety is most important but an official police report protects you down the road from repercussions, such as lawsuits or expensive medical bills.
If you get into an accident, call the police and file a report.
2. Exchange information
Along with filing a police report, you need to exchange contact, license and insurance information with the other driver. Sometimes he or she will offer to pay cash to repair your car. This is a big mistake! Even if the initial repair doesn’t cost a lot of money, you don’t know how your car will respond to the accident weeks or months later. By this time, you’ll be hard pressed to obtain more money from the offender.
3. Obtain evidence
Along with filing a police report and exchanging information, take pictures and videos of the scene. This will go a long way to proving your case to insurance companies or in court. If you’re not sure how many pictures you should take here’s a simple piece of advice: Take as many pictures as you can! The more the better. And never feel intimidated by the offender about taking pictures at the scene.
If you’ve been in an accident in Utah and aren’t sure what to do next, call The Advocates. We can help guide you through the process.