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What should I do after an accident?

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car accidents can occur at any time, anywhere, and nobody is immune. If you find yourself a victim, it is a good idea to know what you should do.

The Washington Office of the Attorney General explains it is important to take the correct actions after a motor vehicle accident to avoid issues with your insurance claim or any future litigation.

First steps

The most important thing after an accident is your safety. If you can move off the roadway, then you should do so. You also should assess everyone in your vehicle to make sure they are ok. You can also check occupants in the other vehicle, and call for help if there are injuries.

Next steps

You should contact law enforcement. In some cases, you may not get an officer on the scene, but you should never leave until you get the go-ahead from an officer.

While waiting, you should begin collecting information. Make sure you get the name, address and phone number of all other drivers. Also, collect information from witnesses, and gather the details about the other vehicle, including the license plate number. Do not forget to get insurance information as well.

Do not do

There are some things you do not want to do. You should not discuss the details of the accident with anyone. If an officer asks you questions, you can speak with him or her, but do not talk to others involved in the accident.

Once you are safe and handle the legal aspects at the scene, you can call your insurance company and contact an attorney.