Getting into an accident can be an extremely traumatic experience. Even if it’s just a fender bender, it will throw your entire day off and create extra stress on you. Because of this, it’s important to understand the steps to take after an accident before you get into an accident. If you know what to do, you will feel more in control and be able to make decisions easier.
1. Check to make sure you are not injured
If you or anyone else has been injured by the accident or recognize that you were just in a major accident, call 911 or ask someone else to call for you. If you have any pain at all, play it safe and be checked out by a medical professional. Accidents can cause serious injuries, many of which may not present themselves until days, weeks or months later. Although there are some ways to help reduce your risk of injury, accidents frequently cause injuries. According to the 2012 California Statewide Integrated Traffic Systems (SWITRS), there were nearly 160,000 injury collisions resulting in over 226,000 people injured.