No one is ever prepared for a car crash, but if you’ve been injured in one that was no fault of your own, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the details and learn your rights. The most common type of accidents are car crashes, and, as of 2017, there were over 275 in 1,000 fatalities in Canada, which is an increase from 2016, so drivers need to be prepared.
Here are the basics to follow if you are in a motor vehicle crash:
1. Be Prepared
Check the dates of your policy from time to time, and keep a notepad, pen, registration and insurance card in your glove compartment at all times. You will need all these things should you get in any kind of accident.
2. Call 911
Call the emergency number immediately whether the crash was serious or not, so police can make a report. An injury may be delayed, and the police report is documented evivdence of the accident scene for your lawyer. If possible, move the vehicles out of the flow of traffic.
3. Exchange information
If you are able, exchange information with the other drivers. You’ll need their name, address, and phone number of the drivers along with their insurance company, policy number, driver’s license number and the tag number for each vehicle involved.
4. Extra Evidence
If there were any witnesses in the immediate area, including passengers, pedestrians or other drivers who were not involved in the accident, it would be helpful to obtain their information, too. Always obtain the badge number of the officer who responds to the call, and if an abulance is called, write down the name of the company and what hospital they are transporting the injured to.
5. Take Pictures
Use your cell phone to take as many photos as possible – “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and they accurately tell the story. Include the vehicles, drivers, skid marks, dangerous road conditions, and any signs, potholes or obstructions around the accident.
6. No Police Report
If law enforcement does not respond because it is not a serious crash and there are no injuries to report, you will always be able to file a report on the Division of Motor Vehicle website. This ensures that you have a record on file with pertinent information of the incident.
When the driver is obviously “at-fault,” those with no insurance may attempt to flee the scene, but this action is illegal, and they will be pursued by law enforcement. Any personal injury is traumatic and a huge shock to all involved. Having a skilled personal injury lawyer will relieve the pressure of the situation tremendously as they have the technical legal experience.