Let’s face it, car accidents happen. And they are going to continue to happen because we are not perfect. Negligence, lack of attention, and mistakes are a part of life.
Unfortunately, many car accidents result in physical and financial injury. That is why both new, and even experienced drivers, should be well schooled in the 7 initial steps to take immediately following a car accident:
1. Take a deep breath and don’t lose your cool – There is no sense in rushing out of the car, running around, and/or yelling. First of all, you may be hurt, and second, the police may be more interested in subduing you than hearing your side of it.
2. Get the other car(s) license plate number(s) – They might leave the scene. Everyone should have a pen in their car for just this situation.
3. Call the Police – Don’t try to just “work it out”. You do not know the other driver, and you have no reason to trust him/her. The Police can document everything about the cars, the drivers, and how the accident happened. Let them do the work.