What to Do When You Are in a Car Accident

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Rush hour, happy hour, after hours -- at any time of the day, people will be involved in accidents. Car crashes are so prevalent that they have become commonplace for law officers. Yet for the average individual, an accident is anything but uneventful.

Knowing what to do after an accident can help you prevent further injuries, expedite repair costs and insure that you are financially compensated. By contacting an Orlando car accident attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, you’ll be assured that your rights are protected. Call (855) 880-4741 for a free evaluation of your accident claim.

Accident Preparedness

Preparing for an accident might seem a little odd, but certain readiness will give you piece of mind should an accident ever occur. Drivers should have an emergency kit stored in their car. The emergency kit should include the following:

  • Cell phone: The 9-1-1 function on a cell phone will still work if you keep the cell battery charged, even without a service plan
  • Pen and paper for taking accident notes
  • Disposable camera for documenting the accident scene
  • Medical card listing allergies or conditions that would impact treatment
  • Contact numbers for law enforcement agencies to notify loved ones
  • Emergency safety devices flashlight, emergency flares, warning triangles/cones

Important Steps Following a Vehicular Accident

With your emergency kit in hand, you’ll have the tools necessary for documenting the accident scene, sharing important information with other drivers, and all the while remaining safe. By following the steps below, you’ll have what you need to obtain necessary information for future financial compensation:

  • Keep safety in mind: For minor accidents that don’t involve serious injuries, vehicles should be moved to the side of the road. However, if the car can not be moved, turn on your hazard lights, keep passengers in the car with seatbelts fastened while you set out safety markers.
  • Exchange information: For minor and major accidents, you should obtain this information for each vehicle and its driver:
    • Driver’s name, address and phone number
    • Insurance company, policy number if driver’s name is different than insured
    • Driver’s license number and VIN number
    • Vehicle owner’s name
    • Description of the car make, model, color
  • Document the accident: Use your camera to photograph damage of each vehicle and obtain witness information in case other drivers dispute your version of the accident
  • Report the accident: Notify police and insurance companies

If you have been in an accident, please contact our Orlando car accident attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today by calling (855) 880-4741 or filling out the form on this page. A free consultation will be scheduled to evaluate your case for the compensation you deserve.