Imagine driving when suddenly, you feel a jolt and hear a loud crash. You might be in a daze after realizing you have just been in a car accident.
An accident can be such a stressful and confusing moment, especially if it is not your fault. Many people do not know what to do if they are involved in an automobile accident. Here are five steps to follow if you ever find yourself in this situation.
1. Ensure Your Safety
After a car accident, the situation can feel like a blur. If you can only focus on one thing, let it be your safety. If possible, you should start by moving your vehicle to the side of the road and out of the flow of traffic. Next, put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of the situation. Finally, check yourself and any other passengers for injuries. Promptly dial 911 if you or your passengers have sustained any serious injuries.
2. Involve the Police
If you are not at fault, involving the police is an especially good idea. A police report will contain a lot of the vital information needed to file an insurance claim. This report will identify information, such as the drivers who were involved in the accident; when and where it took place; and a detailed account from each driver. If you ever need assistance accessing your accident report, you can request one from Utah’s Department of Public Safety.
3. Exchange Information
Once you have ensured your safety and involved the police, it is time to exchange information with the driver that was at fault. Here is the specific information that should be exchanged between the two parties:
- Name, address, and phone number
- Driver’s license number
- License plate number
- Insurance company information and policy number
Exchanging this information is crucial if you are looking to receive coverage for motor vehicle damage and medical costs.
4. Gather Information from the Scene
After exchanging information with the other driver, you should gather information from the scene; this includes taking pictures of any damage caused by the accident. If possible, speak with any eyewitnesses to hear their account of what happened. Once you receive their account, make sure to document their name and phone number as well.
5. Contact Your Insurance Company
Do not delay reaching out to your insurance company. This step is crucial even if you are not at fault. Before you contact your insurance company, you may want to review your policy to see what coverage is available to you. Work with your adjuster to make sure that insurance companies are working together to help resolve the claim as timely as possible.
Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton is Here for You
You should never have to pay for damages or injuries that occurred from a car accident that was not your fault. Even if the accident seems minor, reach out to an auto accident attorney as quickly as possible. The experienced attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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