Accidents happen no matter how careful you are. If you have sustained an injury or damaged property following a car accident, you may pursue the negligent party for compensation for your damages.
Most people are clueless about what they should do when they are involved in a car accident that is not their fault. However, it is important to understand that what you do following the accident can greatly impact the outcome of your claim. Here are three things you need to do immediately following a car accident to protect your interests:
1. Check on your safety
The importance of your safety, as well as that of your passengers, cannot be overstated. As soon as your vehicle is hit, be sure to stop immediately and check if you and/or your passengers have been hurt. Once you have confirmed that everyone is okay, turn on the hazard lights and set up the warning signs to alert the other road users. If you can, move out of the vehicle to a safe area.
2. Call the police
No matter how small or big the accident is, it is important that you call 911 to the accident scene. In fact, North Dakota law requires that you call the police if the accident results in an injury, death or property damage worth $1,000 or more. The police will investigate the accident and come up with a report documenting whom they believe was at fault. For your car accident case, be sure to get a copy of this report.
3. Document the scene
It is important that you gather evidence regarding the accident. If you can, use your smartphone to take pictures of the accident scene with a focus on the extent of damage to the vehicles. Be sure to take photos of any noticeable injuries as well. Finally, take statements from eyewitnesses to the accident.
A car accident can leave you traumatized. Knowing what to do following a car accident that is not your fault can help you file a competent car accident claim and get the compensation you deserve for your damages.