At this time of year it’s common for people to make lists of all sorts, but most people probably don’t carry around a car accident checklist. Perhaps they should.
Fortunately for all of us, car accidents don’t happen very often. On the flip side: since they don’t happen to us often, we may not know what to do. This checklist should help:
1. When you’re in a car accident, make sure you are really okay before you even think of getting out of the car. It is not uncommon for people to have a momentary lapse of memory after a jarring accident, which can cause them to open a car door, step out on unstable limbs, or put themselves into harm’s way. If you’ve had an accident, make sure you’re really okay before you move.
2. Make sure you are in one piece before you worry about your children or other passengers in the car. If your kids are in age-appropriate infant seats or belt restraints, and they are riding in the back seat of the car, they have the best chance of surviving a crash with minimal injuries.
3. Call the police to report the accident. If the accident was not your fault, this is an especially critical step in ensuring that the other driver’s insurance steps up to pay for your car repairs and medical bills. Don’t be bullied into “calling the police later.” Call the police as soon as you have an accident.
For more tips on what to do when you have an accident, check out related posts on this blog. To speak with an accident lawyer who can represent you in the event of an accident, contact David Van Sant.