Nobody wants to be in an automobile accident, but unfortunately, they continue to happen, and getting rear-ended is one of the more common types of accidents. While a rear-end collision might not seem like the worst thing your car or truck can experience, it’s important to know your next steps if one happens to you. Read on to learn what immediate actions you should take if you’re involved in such an accident.
Get Information and Assistance
If you’re injured, the absolute first thing to do is seek medical attention. Check to see if your passengers are injured as well. Those who are should remain in place until help arrives. If there are no injuries, or if you’ve already contacted medical responders, the next step is to get the contact information of the other party or parties involved. Records of their names, contact information, insurance cards, and driver’s license will be vital to handling your insurance report later. Don’t forget to get photos of the cars’ positions and damage caused, as well.
Contact the Police
Whether or not anyone has been injured, call the police to make a report of the accident. Doing this will be especially helpful if anyone’s injuries are serious, but police reports also simplify communication with insurance providers and speed up settlements. Since you’ll have recorded evidence of the situation shortly after it occurred, it’ll also be easier to establish or dispel fault.
Solidify Coverage and Legal Support
Get in touch with your insurance company right away to start working on the proceedings. Should anyone suffer substantially from the accident, it’s also best to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. Not only will it be easier to claim compensation, but you can also receive additional assistance in dealing with the aftermath.
When a rear-end collision threatens your health and wellbeing, Smith Shanklin Sosa will help you get the justice you deserve. Our dedicated attorneys in Baton Rouge, LA will help you locate resources, work with you through the legal process, and treat you like family the entire way. Contact us today for a virtual consultation.