Car accidents happen when you least expect them. These questions help prepare you for the moments right after an accident so that you will know how to move forward.
Are you hurt?
Some injuries take more time to surface than others. Get medical attention immediately after the accident, especially if you feel pain or dizziness.
Was anyone else hurt?
Check to see if the car accident caused any unwanted hurt or damage to people or property. If someone suffered injuries from the collision, you should call 911. There is no need to wait for police officers.
Should you move your car?
If you are posing a threat to other vehicles on the road, consider moving to the shoulder of the road. Do not leave the scene of the accident, especially if a person has incurred injuries. Law enforcement officers might think you are committing a hit-and-run, which in South Dakota is a felony.
Were there any witnesses?
If there were witnesses to the car accident, you should get their contact information. Their testimonies may help your case if the other person is putting the blame on you. Take photos of the car crash. Additionally, look around for traffic lights, stop signs, intersections, pedestrian crossings or any other indicators that you can use as evidence to prove your innocence.
Was it your fault?
Never admit that the car accident was your fault. In fact, it might be best not to offer any apologies. You may not know it yet, but the other driver could have been driving distracted or intoxicated. Do not give them the benefit of the doubt.
The priority is really to ensure that everyone is safe before making any other moves. Because there are a hundred ways an accident can happen, it might be wise not to voluntarily admit to anything until you have all the facts. You have just as much a right to defend yourself.