It may be difficult to get a hold of yourself after a crash. Some go numb and others panic. A reliable motor vehicle accident lawyer, insurance provider and on-call physician might be of help, but it’s also important to know what you should do for your own protection and peace of mind.
Step 1: Is someone injured? Notify authorities.
Dial 000 and ask for either ambulance, or police in order of urgency. Be prepared to provide the following information;
- What happened (ie. Car crash)
- Where did it happen?
- How many people are injured?
- Your name and phone number
Step 2: Contact insurer
This should be done as soon as possible after the accident. They will work with all the parties involved in order to determine who is responsible for what. It’s important that you protect yourself, particularly if legal considerations are raised. Don’t admit liability for the motor vehicle accident, or blame yourself publicly.
Step 3: Fulfill your legal obligations
You do have legal obligations after an accident including;
- You must stop if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident.
- You must provide your name and address to the other people involved.
- If there are any personal injuries or damage to property (even if owner is not in attendance), you must report the accident to the police.
- You cannot drive away from the accident in an unroadworthy vehicle.
Step 4: Get the other driver’s basic information.
You will need to speak with the parties involved during the accident and exchange names, addresses, registration numbers and insurance company details (keep these details handy in your glovebox).
Aside from the driver, it’s a good idea to get the police officer’s contact details who has been involved. This way, they may provide testimonies should the driver send you a demand letter or in any instance where things end up in court.
Step 5: Take pictures on your phone
It’s better to trace back the scene of your incident with your own eyes. Use your phone to take photos of your vehicle’s damaged areas from a few angles, the scene of the accident and how all cars were positioned. It’s also recommended for you to take photos of the cars’ number plates and damage at the scene.
Step 6: Speak to a personal injury lawyer
It can be a lengthy process when it comes to dealing with insurers and making a claim. Gather up as many details as you can and get in touch with Kerin Lawyers on 1300 LAWYER who specialise in motor vehicle injuries.