I Was in an Accident. Now What?
A car accident is a traumatic event. In the seconds and minutes after a wreck, a driver can be extremely disoriented and find it difficult to think clearly. You may be injured, and if you are not, you are worried that your passengers or other people involved in the accident might be. You may instantly start worrying about damage to your car and the potential financial costs of the accident. Regardless of what may be spinning through your head, it is important to try to take a deep breath and deal with the situation as effectively as possible.
The safety of all individuals involved in the accident should be your first priority. If someone needs medical attention, this should be attended to before anyone starts to worry about anything else. Do not worry about how you will pay for damage or who might have caused the accident. A legal professional, such as the Des Moines car accident lawyers of , can help you deal with those issues at a later time.
Steps to Follow:
Though no one plans to be in an accident, here are some things to keep in mind so you are prepared in case you are:
- Make sure no one is seriously injured
- Move your car to a shoulder if possible
- Wait for the police to arrive to talk about the details of the wreck
- Exchange information with the other driver. Do not admit fault or accuse them of being at fault
- Submit a car accident report (and/or a police report, if applicable)
- Call your insurance agent
Remember that many insurance companies have an 800 number you can call 24 hours a day. It is best to report an accident as quickly as possible.
If you have been in a wreck and are considering legal action, contact the Des Moines car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600. You deserve to know your rights and may be entitled to compensation.