Here are some important steps you need to take right after an accident and why.

We all know that the commuting situation in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area can be dangerous. Just two years ago, Washington, D.C. was found to be the likeliest place to get in an accident, according to Allstate’s Annual Best Drivers Report. The accident rate was double the national average!

In the Washington, D.C. area, with the dangerous drivers, beltway crashes, car accidents on I-270, truck accidents on I-66 and drivers and passengers getting hurt from being rear-ended, T-bone collisions and the aggressive driving we see every day just going to work, it is important that everyone knows what to do right after a car accident. Here are some important steps you need to take right after an accident:

  1. If you or anyone involved in the accident are severely injured, call 911 for an ambulance right away. Remember, it’s always better safe than sorry. If you’re feeling a throbbing pain in your head, don’t push it off to have it checked out at a later time. Safety is always first.
  2. Call the police. Even in minor accidents, inform the police. A police report can be an official record of the situation that can be used in court later on.
  3. Record everything. IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE YOU GET THE OTHER DRIVER’S INFORMATION. This includes the name, address, owner of the car or truck, and insurance information. Also remember to get the police officer’s information and report number. Take pictures of the damage done to both cars.
  4. Stay calm. This will help you better assess the situation. How severe are your injuries? Are the passengers okay? What exactly happened? This can help you fully describe your situation to the police.

Getting into a severe car accident can be a traumatizing event. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident, get all the information you need to ensure that you and your family will be taken care of. Read our new ebook The Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in the DC Metro Area. Order it online by clicking here or call us at (202)393-3320. 

These are very simple and effective steps to keep in mind. Sometimes people are so frazzled after an accident that they don't follow the best procedures to deal with the aftermath. I would even suggest having a list of your information and what information you will need in your glove compartment. That way, in the event of an accident you can just give the sheet with your already-written-up information and fill the blanks in the sheet of the other's information.
by Elisa Jed January 24, 2014 at 08:49 PM
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