What to do After a Car Accident: Tips for new drivers to know before an accident

Car accidents are unfortunately a part of life. They can happen at any time, anywhere, and to anyone. No one is immune. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s important to know what to do afterwards so that you can begin your recovery (if you’ve been injured). With the help of these tips for new drivers after a car accident, you’ll feel more prepared in case something happens in the future.

Tip 1: Keep Yourself Safe

Most importantly, be sure to make sure you are out of harm’s way. If there is traffic actively still using the road you are on, be sure to be off to the side so that no further potential injuries occur.

Tip 2: Call the police immediately

If you’ve been in a car accident, you should always call the police immediately. It’s important to make sure everyone is safe and accounted for before anything else starts happening. This way there is a record of the accident and an investigation can get under way immediately.

Tip 3: Safely document as much as you can

If you have a camera on your phone, use it to photograph the scene of the accident. Record any damage that may already be visible and take photos of other cars involved as well as drivers. This will help show exactly what happened in case there is later disagreement over who was at fault for an accident or if another driver tries to cover up damage they’ve done.

Tip 4: Make sure you’re receiving medical attention

If your injuries are serious, make sure to go to the hospital immediately or call an ambulance for help. If you are not seriously injured but need some bandages or medication, it may still be in your best interest to be checked out by a medical professional. A lot of times, an X-Ray or physical exam can uncover injuries that you may not be feeling because of adrenaline and shock.

Tip 5: Contact a Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you contact an attorney right away. You can receive compensation from the at-fault party to help cover your medical expenses and lost wages due to being unable to work because of injuries. It’s also possible for victims of accidents caused by negligent drivers or faulty vehicles/roadside items to receive a settlement for pain and suffering experienced. This can help cover your emotional distress as well as the physical injuries you have sustained.

Car accidents are never pleasant experiences. If one does happen it’s important to know what to do so that panic does not cause you to make irrational decisions.

It may be in your best interest to review this post a couple times and commit the steps to memory.

If you are revisiting this post because you have been in a car accident in the Philadelphia/Bucks County/Montgomery County area, contact us at 215-396-9001.

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