Car accidents are a relatively common occurrence. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 2.3 million people were injured in car accidents in 2012. In some cases, car accidents may be unavoidable. It is critical for drivers and passengers to be prepared in the event of a car accident. Actions taken immediately after a car accident may have a significant impact on the aftermath, including the medical bills and legal issues of involved individuals.

Be Prepared

It is important for drivers and passengers to be prepared on a day-to-day basis in the event of a car accident. Especially when driving through remote areas, drivers can benefit from keeping items in their vehicles such as cones, emergency flares, or warning triangles. These items can help alert traffic in the event of a car accident.

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Drivers should also have a pen on hand at all times, as well as a card that details important medical information for drivers, passengers, and their family members. Drivers and passengers should also carry a cell phone or other device that can be used to call for help. A camera or cell phone with photo capabilities can also be helpful for documenting photographs of the accident, which may be critical in the event of an insurance claim or car accident lawsuit.

Immediately After Accidents

After a car accident, it is critical to make sure that any injured individuals receive needed medical attention. If drivers or passengers are unsure of whether or not someone needs medical attention, stay on the safe side and call for emergency help. In cases of minor accidents, move vehicles out of the way of traffic so that the road is not blocked. This can help to prevent any additional traffic accidents. Drivers should turn on emergency lights or set out warning triangles. Even in minor accidents, the police should be called.

Record Information

When conditions are stabilized and everyone is okay or in the hands of medical professionals, it is important to record as much information as possible. It can benefit drivers and passengers to record any details about the accident, such as the time, location, vehicle damage and injuries, and how the accident happened. Drivers should take photographs of the vehicle damage or injuries to individuals. Drivers should also record the insurance and license plate information of other parties involved. Recording information such as this can be helpful in the event that an insurance report or police report needs to be filed regarding the accident.