We never plan accidents, which is the reason we call them accidents. Motor vehicular accidents happen more often than you would think. It does not matter who caused the car accident. As a driver, you should know what to do the moment you find yourself in one.
Check if anyone sustained injuries
The first vital step is checking whether the car accident caused harm, damage or even death. Remember to check yourself first. Dizziness or pain may indicate serious injury. If someone sustained any physical damages, no matter how minimal, you should call 911 immediately. Even if you believe you did not sustain injuries, do not mention that to the other driver. You may have suffered injuries that take time to manifest.
Remain on the scene of the crash
In the event the car accident involves death or personal injury, or damage to a vehicle or property, do not leave the scene of the crash. In Nevada, attempting a hit-and-run is illegal unless you require immediate medical care.
Move to a safe place if necessary
A car accident can happen anywhere on the road. If your vehicle obstructs the roadway or poses a traffic hazard, move it to a safe location nearby. Only do this if you have the mental and physical capacity to drive.
Gather all the evidence you can
Although you may still be in shock, try to take photos and videos of the accident. It will be beneficial when you decide to press charges in court. Exchange information with the other driver. Try to capture a photo of the other driver’s license and plate number. Whenever possible, gather the names and contact information of eyewitnesses at the car crash scene. You may need them to testify.
Never admit fault
Insurance companies can interpret your apologies or any admission of fault as guilt, which may give them a reason to deny your claims.
As a victim of a motor vehicular accident, you have all the right to retrieve compensation for the damages or injuries you sustained. Following these steps will give you a more substantial chance to build your case.