No matter how carefully you drive your vehicle in and around Phoenix, AZ, there is always a chance of a distracted or negligent driver causing a car accident. A vehicle accident may be a minor fender-bender, or it may be a serious accident with significant damage, injuries, or loss of life.
Knowing what to do immediately after an accident helps to ensure your safety and to gather the necessary information for an insurance claim. Keep in mind, the safety of anyone involved in the accident is always the first priority.
Check to make sure anyone involved in the accident is not in need of medical attention. Any concerns about head or neck injuries, bleeding, trauma to the body, or any issues with breathing need to be treated immediately. Call emergency services and request medical help and the police.
Carefully inspect your vehicle. Do not step out into traffic lanes or attempt to move the vehicles if there is any significant damage. A phone is a great way to record images of the accident, including the position of the vehicles, the damage, and any issues that may have contributed to the accident. These issues can include obstructed view of lights or signs, construction zones, road damage, or other similar factors.
Provide and Gather Information
The police will ask for identification and insurance, and that is available on the incident report. Taking a picture of the driver’s license and insurance card of the other driver or drivers is also recommended.
Finally, call your insurance company and file a claim. For serious accidents, contact the lawyers at Snyder & Wenner personal injury attorneys before accepting any insurance company offers.