Accidents happen frequently, and it is important that you take the appropriate steps when you are in an accident regardless of who is at fault. In April 2018, a research study was published that ranked South Carolina as the third deadliest state for auto accidents, with 20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016. With that kind of statistics, it is inevitable that you may one day need to know what to do in an accident. Here are the steps you need to take.
Call for Help
You should immediately call 911 for any accident. If you or someone in your vehicle is injured in an auto accident or any other type of accident, your first priority should be to make sure that you are safe and receive medical attention. If you do not feel comfortable getting out of your vehicle before an ambulance arrives, resist assistance until they are on the scene.
Gather Information and Evidence
Once you and your loved ones are safe and treated for immediate injuries, you need to make sure that you gather the appropriate information and evidence regarding the accident. Make sure that you get contact information and insurance information from everyone involved in the accident. Take pictures of the accident scene, property damage, and injuries. Document everything so that if the accident was not your fault you have the evidence you need to get appropriate compensation.
Contact an Attorney
As soon as you are able, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer to represent you with the insurance companies and the parties involved in the accident. Only an experienced attorney will be able to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and help you prove fault.
If you or a loved one have recently been in an accident, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.