Every year, there are approximately 6 million vehicle accidents across the United States.
Because these auto accidents are so frequent, knowing what to do when you have a car accident is one of the most important aspects of automobile ownership. You certainly have to know how to properly handle and operate a vehicle, know how to perform routine auto maintenance, and fully understand the rules of the road, but that’s not all. It’s essential that every driver, from first-time teenage drivers to experienced drivers, knows exactly what to do when you have a car accident.
Here are some of the most important things to remember after you’ve been involved in an auto crash:
- Contact emergency crews right away — No matter how minor a crash is, your first step should always be contacting police, fire, and emergency crews. Even small accidents can lead to serious injuries and potentially life-threatening problems.
- Call your attorney — After you’ve been cleared by medical professionals, your next step should be to contact your personal injury attorney. You and your attorney can discuss everything that occurred leading up to, and immediately after the crash. Be sure to disclose every single detail to your attorney, even details that might seem potentially incriminating — you should still let them know. As long as your attorney knows everything that happened the day of your crash, you will have a much better chance of succeeding if your case goes to trial.
- Get your car fixed — After your car has been involved in an accident, no matter how severe the crash actually was, your next step should be getting it properly fixed once again. You should never operate a vehicle that has been damaged because you could risk potentially even more damage and additional car accidents.
If you want to learn more about what to do when you have a car accident or speak to qualified auto accident attorneys, give Herron Law a call right away.