Most people will be involved in some sort of car accident in their lifetimes. The vast majority of these car accidents are minor with the vehicle taking the brunt of the damage. Even if everyone is safe and no physical harm is done, a car accident can be a traumatic experience, leaving the driver and passengers badly shaken.
These are steps you can take in advance to ensure that should an accident occur, you are prepared:
Avoid an accident by driving defensively: Studies show that defensive driving drastically reduces the risk of an accident. The best way to handle an accident is to prevent it in the first place.
Have a plan: Mentally walk through the moments following the car accident, so that should an accident occur, you already know what to do. Make sure everyone is safe and in a safe location. Check on the other driver. If anyone needs assistance, make sure to attend to medical needs. Call the police. Avoid making statements to the other driver or the police, but insist on speaking to your own insurance company and your lawyer first. Be cooperative.
Make sure you have all proper documentation: Always have your license, insurance, registration, health insurance card and any other necessary paperwork in the car, at all times. While this seems basic, far too many people overlook these details and are faced with additional complications and issues during an already stressful time.
Secure all loose items in the car: Make sure that your car is clean and no objects are able to fly around. Preventable injuries can occur when loose items fly up during a crash and hit the driver or passenger during the impact.
Drive with your cellphone: While you want to keep your cellphone stowed while driving to avoid distraction, make sure that you have your phone or a camera ready to take pictures and document the scene of the accident. You also want to make sure that you can collect witness contact information.
At Guerra Law Firm, we advocate on behalf of individuals who must now fight to recover the compensation and damages they deserve from responsible parties for the damage done to their vehicle and any physical injuries they incurred.