Each time you get behind the wheel of your car, you run the risk of being involved in an accident, regardless of fault. Accidents are never easy to deal with and can create a significant amount of stress especially when you are dealing with potential injuries and damages to your car. However, there are some measures you can take if you have just been involved in an auto accident to help alleviate potential problems down the road.
Below Are Some Recommended Actions to Take After an Accident
Imagine getting off work and while heading home, are involved in an accident. A driver in the next lane failed to see your car and changed lanes right into your vehicle, creating damages. Visibly shaken, you get out and find the damages are more than you imagined, but you are not sure what to do next because you are so upset. Now what?
Remain Calm- Easier said than done, but you do need to try to stay calm regardless of the damages or anger towards the other driver. Remaining calm will allow for a more prompt and clear investigation and resolution of the accident details.
Notify the Police- Notify the police right away so that an officer can document the location of the accident, damages, witness information, and drivers in the accident. This is imperative especially when there is a dispute about negligence. In some instances, it is recommended you move the vehicles out of the traffic to avoid further problems, but in some cases, it’s not possible.
Exchange Insurance/Contact Information- While waiting for the police to arrive, you should exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
Document the Damages- Document the accident scene and damages to both vehicles with your phone camera. If you don’t have a phone or one with a camera, it is recommended you carry a small camera in your glove box. Also, using a dash camera in your car is a great way to determine who was at fault in an accident. Any way you can tie down the accident details and document the damages will allow for a smoother, quicker resolution.
Contact Your Local Alabama Independent Insurance Agent- Go ahead and notify your agent as soon as possible so that he/she generate the claim and the liability investigation can get underway.
Call Us Today with Any Questions Following an Auto Accident
If you still have questions or concerns regarding your auto insurance coverage or steps to follow after a car accident, call our offices at Burkett & Associates today at 256-704-7400. Stay safe!