With December drawing to a close, it’s often a time for reflection and resolution before a new year begins. This involves not only setting goals and objectives, but also taking steps to prepare yourself in case certain events take place.
Keeping this in mind, now is a good time to go over what you should do in the event you are involved in an auto accident in the valley. The Las Vegas Sun recently released a story on this very topic, so let’s go through the seven steps listed by the newspaper:
- Remain on the scene. It’s against the law to leave after an accident, even if you have plans on returning to the scene later.
- Do not panic. Yes, it’s easier said than done – but in most cases, the accident turns out to be more of a nuisance and less of a catastrophe.
- Check to see if you or anyone else is injured. Take a moment to see if you are in pain, bleeding, dizzy, or otherwise hurt. Then do the same for everyone in your car as well as other motorists and/or pedestrians.
- Take steps to prevent further accidents. This means moving your vehicle out of the roadway if it is drivable. You don’t want a passing vehicle to collide with you or your vehicle and make things worse.
- Dial 9-1-1. Unless the accident is very minor and there are no injuries, it is better to notify first responders as a precautionary measure.
- Exchange the necessary information with other drivers involved. Not only does this mean getting the relevant names, contact numbers, email addresses, and insurance information, but also the license plates and driver’s license numbers of other drivers.
- Document all damage. A cell phone camera usually does the trick (or carry a disposable camera in the car with you). Photograph damage to your car and other vehicles, as well as skid marks, debris, other objects, etc.
And let’s add one more: if you are injured in an auto accident that was someone else’s fault, call a qualified auto accident attorney at your earliest convenience.
Happy New Year!