Getting into a car accident can totally ruin your day, whether it's a little fender bender or a crash that ends up totaling your car. No matter how big or small the accident you get into, you want to make sure that you are doing everything that you should do after the accident. So, what should you do after the accident?
The first thing that you should do is to document everything. That means that you want to take pictures of everything from the damage on your car to the damage on the other person's car or any involved property. You also want to make sure that you at least write down the contact information and insurance information of any other drivers. Ideally, you should take pictures of their ID as well as all their other information. You want to get the information from any witnesses too. The reason that you want to take pictures as often as possible is that you can lose where you have the information written down unless you write it in a notes app on your phone. You may also write the info down incorrectly. If you take pictures of the information, the pictures will be saved and you know that the information is accurate.
Call the Police
You need to call the police and/or emergency services. You may think that you don't need it for a minor accident, but if you are planning on reporting the accident to your insurance company, you are going to want to make sure that you have a police report on the accident. Another reason for having the police come out to the accident is that the report will be an objective report of what happened. Everyone gives the police their account of what happened, then the officer will look around and observe all the damage that they see and the conditions of the accident, and they will write their report based on all that information. When you are ready, you can contact the police department and get a copy of the report from your accident and submit that to your insurance company.
If you have done everything right after your accident and you are still having problems, you need to contact an attorney who works with this kind of law. They will help you get what you are entitled to from the other driver or defend you from other issues.
For more information, contact a car accident lawyer.