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5 steps you should take immediately following a car accident

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Auto Accidents

For drivers in Ohio, understanding what to do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident is crucial. The steps you take can greatly affect any legal or insurance proceedings. So, it’s important to take the right steps to avoid complications and protect your interests.

Here are five essential actions you should take after a car accident.

Ensure everyone is safe

The priority after an accident should be safety. If possible and safe, move vehicles out of traffic to avoid further incidents. Doing so helps prevent any additional accidents or injuries from happening due to oncoming traffic that may not be able to stop in time.

Contact law enforcement

It’s crucial to involve law enforcement as soon as possible by dialing 911. A formal police report serves as an official record, which may be crucial when dealing with insurance companies later on.

Collect necessary information

While waiting for law enforcement officials, begin collecting crucial information that can streamline your dealings with law enforcement and other relevant parties. These include:

  • The other driver’s name
  • Their contact information
  • A picture of their driver’s license
  • Their insurance information

Having these pieces of information ready can make things easier when you need to fill out accident reports or talk to insurance companies.

Document the scene

Photographic evidence can play a key role in disputes about what happened. Use your smartphone or camera to take pictures of vehicle damage, overall scene conditions and any visible injuries.

These photos will be helpful to show exactly what occurred and support your side of the story.

Seek medical attention

Regardless of how you feel immediately following an accident, it can be beneficial to seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries may not show symptoms until much later, making them harder to link to the accident. Early detection can help ensure appropriate treatment and document any “hidden” injuries related to the accident.

After an accident, dealing with all the details can become overwhelming. So, consider seeking a legal professional to help you in the process. Remember, consulting such a professional isn’t just about addressing your physical recovery; it’s also about protecting your legal rights at a time when they matter the most.