The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be frantic and stressful. However, it’s essential that you take the appropriate steps to ensure that fault can be proven and you receive any compensation you’re entitled to, whether it be for injuries sustained during, or as a result of, the accident or damages to your vehicle.
First, stay calm and gain control of your emotions. The immediate rage, anger, fear or guilt you feel following the accident will only add unnecessary stress.
Next, survey the extent of damages and injuries. If a person’s injured, it’s easy to become panic-stricken following an auto accident. But maintaining a calm demeanor will allow you to soundly judge the injuries and damages suffered. Additionally, remaining composed allows you to make sensible decisions regarding the need for emergency paramedics.
Finally, file a report with the police. Even in minor accidents, in order to establish fault you need to have a legal accident report. Never leave the scene of an accident until speaking with the police and a report is filed.
In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to overlook a simple step: get your facts. You need the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plates, insurance company information, and the vehicle identification number of every person and automobile involved. If a commercial truck is involved in the accident, make sure you get the company names written on both the cab and the trailer, and find out if the driver is independent or works for one of the named companies or another company. If cargo spilled, note the type of cargo and how it was secured.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Atlanta please contact Robbins & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta auto accident lawyers