Steps To Take When You Are Involved in an Automobile Accident

When you are the victim of a car accident, adrenaline and emotions can make it difficult to think clearly. To ensure you do everything you can to protect your interests, consider taking these prudent steps.

Stay at the Scene

After any car accident, you need to stop and remain at the scene. Even if you think there is no damage or injuries, it’s your legal obligation to stop and evaluate the situation.

Make Sure Everyone Is Safe

Your first instinct and action should be to ensure everyone is safe. Check with everyone involved in the collision to make sure there are no major injuries, and if there are issues, call an ambulance. Don’t attempt to move anyone who is injured because you could actually make matters worse.

Call the Police

Your next step should be to call the police. They are trained in handling accidents, so it is a big help to have them on the scene. Not only can the police properly evaluate the situation for safety concerns, but they can also provide an official record of the accident. This can prove to be quite helpful in the future if there are any insurance or legal issues that arise.

Collect Information From Involved Parties

The police will likely help the involved parties exchange information. You will need everyone’s contact information, as well as their insurance provider and policy number. This is especially important if the other party is at fault because it will help you follow up to make sure their insurance covers the charges for any needed repairs or injuries.

Call Your Insurance

Next, contact your insurance agent to report the accident and start a claim. Report everything you know about the accident, including the police report and the other party’s information.

Many people think they can skip this step if they aren’t at fault, but you need to protect yourself in case the other driver is uninsured or refuses to pay. Your insurance company can fight on your behalf in contentious situations.

Contact an Attorney

Even when the police and your insurance provider both do their jobs, you may need additional legal help. It’s wise to contact the best injury attorney you can. There can be situations in which you feel fine immediately after the accident, only to wake up in severe pain the next day. To protect yourself, it’s best to have an attorney ready to fight for you.

Because the scene of an accident can leave you feeling emotional and confused, you need to guard against making mistakes that can leave you legally and financially vulnerable. Shield yourself from future problems by taking the necessary steps and precautions.


  • Tamra Phelps

    I would keep this list in my glove compartment. You need to remember these things and they might be right out of your mind after an accident.

  • Anonymous

    Even a little accident, a fender-bender, can shake you up. It’s probably a good idea to keep a list like this in the glove compartment because you’ll be rattled after an accident.

    • Tamra Phelps

      Again, this was me Connie. I keep forgetting that for some reason the comments section is not holding on to my name even though I always check the box asking it to. Argh!!

  • gloria patterson

    I think this is a lot of good information. And it would be very important for a young person who has never had to deal with a accident. It is good for everbody but I guess over the years we have learned most of it.

  • Michael Coovert

    Sadly, these were lessons I learned the hard way. Stuff like this should be part of a life skills class in high school.

  • Tamra Phelps

    Man, there are a lot of those random comments from people trying to sell something on this post, Connie. Lol, I wonder why???


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