Automobile Accidents are Common: Know What to do Following an Injury Accident

No one wants to think about being involved in an automobile accident, but statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight just how common and costly automobile accidents are on our nation's roads and highways.

  • In 2013, automobile accidents caused more than 32,000 deaths.
  • Deaths due to automobile accidents cost the U.S. more than $380 million in hospital bills and other medical costs.
  • Compared to other high-income nations, the U.S. has lower-than-average seatbelt use in both the front and back seats.
  • Approximately half of all drivers or passengers who died in automobile crashes weren't wearing a seatbelt.

Drive Safe: Keep yourself safe by doing everything in your power to prevent an automobile accident. Start by buckling up! Minimize distractions while driving, especially from smartphones. Keep your tires properly inflated and make sure your car's head and tail lights are in good working order. Stay alert, don't speed, and follow the rules of the road. Know what to do after a car accident with our checklist. No matter how many precautions you take, you or a loved one still run the risk of being injured in an automobile accident. That's why it's important to educate yourself on automobile safety and know exactly what to do if you're involved in an accident. First and foremost it's important to remain calm. Remembering what to do and what not to do in the aftermath of an automobile accident will help to protect you and your rights. You might even want to consider keeping a copy of the following checklist in your vehicle's glove box.

  1. Assess: After you've been involved in an automobile accident, do not leave the scene. If there are any injuries, call 911 immediately.
  2. Secure and Protect: Don't move the involved vehicles unless they interfere with traffic. Make sure other motorists can see you by turning on your car's headlights and flashers. Keep flares in your car's emergency kit and use them to further increase visibility and protect and preserve evidence at the scene.
  3. Call the Police: Even if no one's been injured, it's always a good idea to call the police from the scene of the accident. Having a police report makes filing a claim with your insurance company that much easier - in fact, some insurance companies require a police report be made.
  4. Gather Information: Exchange information (insurance, name, address, telephone number, and email) with all the involved parties, but don't discuss the accident or admit fault. Take notes on when the accident occurred. Don't count on remembering all the details, especially when you may be hurt or frightened. Keep a pad of paper and pencil in your car, and use them to note: when and where the accident occurred; the nearest cross streets; if the other driver used their indicator lights; if you noticed any odd behavior or smell alcohol when talking to the involved parties. Also make sure to take pictures of the scene, the involved vehicles, and anything else that might help investigators down the line.
  5. Call Your Insurance Company: if no one is injured, report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. If anyone is injured, contact Whiting Law right away.
  6. See a Doctor: Go to your local emergency room or see your personal physician following the accident. Make sure your medical provider checks and documents any injuries or symptoms. In some cases, you may not realize you've been injured right away. Some injuries aren't noticeable right after the accident, especially if you have sustained a concussion or internal injuries.
  7. Call Whiting LawIf you've been injured in an accident, don't go at it alone. Contact us to discuss your accident. There's no cost for a consultation and a good personal injury attorney will protect your rights, help you communicate with your insurance company, and advise you on compensation for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, reach out to Whiting Law. We'll help you navigate the legal system and fight for just and fair compensation.

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