What To Do If You’re In A Car Accident

I used to give an educational lecture to each graduating class from our local driving school about the basics of what to do when you get in a car accident. I’d give them each a disposable camera to keep in their glove box and a piece of paper with a list of the info they needed to gather immediately after getting into an accident.

I can’t believe that I’ve been practicing long enough that I started when few had smart phones and now smart phones are just “phones.” Times have changed, but car accidents still happen and you still need to make smart choices and gather evidence when they do.

That smart phone can be your worst enemy when the person who hits you is texting and driving. But, it is your best friend after the accident occurs. Here’s what to do:

  1. Get yourself to safety;
  2. Check the health and safety of all drivers and occupants;
  3. Take out that phone and call the police to report the incident;
  4. Take pictures of the damage to both cars;
  5. Take pictures of the other driver’s license and registration;
  6. Make a note of the name, address and phone number of any witnesses;
  7. Get medical attention/let the paramedics and EMTs check you out;
  8. Email the pictures and notes to yourself or a loved one (in case your phone gets lost or destroyed);
  9. The most important step you can take is to protect your rights is to call Orlando & Associates, PC for a free consultation!

You thought you bought a phone, but what you really bought was an evidence gathering machine!

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