When you are in a car accident, no matter who is at fault, it is normal to feel completely overwhelmed and be unsure of how to proceed. Here are three things that you should do as soon as the accident has occurred to ensure the safety of yourself and the other driver.
Check for Injuries
Assess yourself for injuries and document anything that seems amiss as soon as you can. You may need this information if you have to involve a Tampa car accident attorney. If you are able to get out of your car, ensure that the other driver is uninjured if it is safe to do so. They may need medical assistance and be unable to call themselves.
Even if your crash has occurred in a public place, you cannot rely on passersby to call 911 on your behalf. Call for help as soon as you can, even if the accident is minor and even if the other driver protests and wants to handle things on their own. You never know how the police report may help you if an accident injury claim — or any other type of legal action — is taken against you.
Get To Safety
If your cars can be moved to a safer location, do so. Choose a nearby parking lot or a wide shoulder if it is available. If you are waiting for law enforcement to arrive, be sure that you move the cars to an area where they are still visible so the police do not have to waste critical time searching for you.
Being involved in a car accident, big or small, can be terrifying. Remember these important tips if you ever find yourself in an unfortunate situation so that the aftermath can be as seamless as possible.