What to Do if You Are in a Motor Vehicle Accident

  • Being in a motor vehicle accident can be a frightening and traumatic event. As in all life events that happen without warning, the most important tip is to stay calm and assess what is going on around you. If there are injuries, no matter how small, call 911 first. Many soft tissue injuries, as well as traumatic brain injuries, do not seem serious when they first happen. It is wise to let the medical professionals determine the extent of the injuries and their immediate treatment. It may be crucial later to have medical and police reports and documentation for legal purposes.

    The next step after a motor vehicle accident is to make sure that you get all the necessary information from the driver or drivers involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses to what occurred. If possible, document the time, place, circumstances, and road and weather conditions before and during the event. Memories are fresher when they are closer to the time the incident happened, so it is helpful to document your recollections as soon as possible. Call your insurance company and report the accident. Read more...