Handling Car Accidents the Smart Way
Experiencing a car accident is often one of the most stressful events a person will experience. After the physical and mental trauma of the accident itself has subsided, the often-confusing process of handling the claims process begins. According to Cars.com, following several important steps before and after the accident can greatly reduce the stress of handling the claims process and initiating any necessary legal action.
Before The Accident
First and foremost, everyone should keep a copy of their insurance information, a pen, and paper in each of their family cars. It is also a good idea to keep a disposable camera in all cars for photographing the accident. Although most people now have cell phones equipped with cameras, a disposable camera is a good backup should the cell phone be damaged in the accident or out of battery. I actually prefer cell phones because it’s a lot easier to transfer the photo. Plus, with technology nowadays, the photo quality is generally better on a cell phone.
After The Accident
At the scene of the accident, safety is the number one priority. For an accident with minimal damage wherein the vehicles can be safely driven away, both motorists should move the cars away from oncoming traffic and exchange information in a safe area. Be sure to photograph the damage to your car, area of the accident, and identifying information on the other car. If the car cannot be safely moved from the scene of the accident, move to a safe area and wait for a tow truck to move it.
If you didn’t cause the wreck, never admit fault or say “I’m sorry” while exchanging information. Such remarks may be used against you in later legal proceedings. When exchanging information with the other driver, try to get as much of the following information from the other driver as possible:
- Name of the driver (and owner’s info if different)
- Address, email address, and phone number
- Make, model, and year of car
- License plate number
- Insurance carrier & policy number
Car accidents happen due to a variety of circumstances. If you have injuries from an auto accident, contact an Oklahoma City car accident attorney for help with your case today. We can be reached at (405) 698-3040 or you can contact us online.