When you get into a car accident, at best it’s something you just don’t need and at worst, it can be devastating.
After the event, you may find yourself with injuries that need medical attention and you’ll probably be left in a state of shock. It can be hard to remember exactly what steps you need to take. Here are a few of the first things you should do immediately after an accident.
Stop your car and call the police
In the state of Nevada, it’s against the law to fail to stop your car after an accident so you must make sure you stay where you are. The first thing to do is check whether anyone in the vehicle needs medical attention. You should then call 911 to ask for the police and any other emergency services that you need.
If your car is in a dangerous spot and is moveable, tell the driver of the other vehicle that you’re moving to a safe location close to the scene and let them know where you’re going to be.
The law in Nevada requires you to exchange your insurance information with the other party. You must do this even if you were not the one at fault.
If there are witnesses at the scene, ask if they would be happy to share their details with you. This can be crucial in proving who was at fault when it comes to making an insurance claim.
Taking pictures of both vehicles and the scene itself is also useful evidence to help show what happened.
Let your insurance know
When you’re safely away from the scene of the accident and have sought any medical attention you or your passengers need, you should then make your insurer aware.
Tell them exactly what happened and let them know if you’re suffering any injuries as a result. Doing this as early on as possible is a good idea while the event is still fresh in your mind.
You shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of a car accident that’s not your fault and you may be entitled to compensation. Getting help early on helps you to protect your legal position.