by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings Mt., --//MNA Press//--Statistics from major U.S. Insurance companies show that at least 10 million accidents occur every year and the moments following a car accident, even insignificant minor ones, a stressful for all involved.
Many drivers and passengers get very confused and unsure of what to do next right after an accident.
The Montana News wants to educate drivers as to some straightforward things that you the driver should do right after an accident and what NOT to do.
1. Some people will flee the scene of the accident: It is illegal to leave the scene of a crash and could land the driver in some serious legal trouble. Just stay where you are until Law Enforcement arrives.
2. Make sure that if you have passengers with you, check on them, and once you exit from your own vehicle if you are not injured, check on the other driver who was involved in the accident to make sure that they are ok or if they need medical help.
3. Always try to remain calm, using your cell phone to take whatever photos of not only your vehicle damage but photos of the other person's loss to their vehicle. Take surrounding photos of the immediate area, like intersections, or pathways of both cars.
4. Some people will make the mistake of not reporting an accident and just drive away. If you decide not to communicate and document the vehicle accident for the police or your insurance company, this may hurt your case if you choose to pursue a legal claim down the road.
5. Always ask for a copy of the police accident report summary and make sure you get any witness names and addresses and their phone numbers.
6. Failing to get medical advice happens to 8 of 10 drivers who were involved in minor car accidents. A person may think that they are ok and escaped injury, but what you don't know medically could be your down fall physically later. it is important always to seek medical checkups after a car accident to make sure you have no internal injuries that have not made themselves visible or felt yet.
7. Always remember, only a medical professional can rule out any possible head trauma and other severe injuries to your body or any of your passenger's bodies.
8. When you can, don't waste time in getting your vehicle repaired by a reputable body shop. Never make panic decisions when it comes to getting your car fixed.