Fewer situations are scarier than getting into a motor vehicle accident. If you are in one in Seattle, it’s vital to take certain steps afterward.
Move to a safe spot
Never stay in the middle of the road after you’ve been in a car accident. The first step is to steer your vehicle to the shoulder and out of the path of oncoming traffic. It can prevent further damage from happening. If your vehicle has been totaled, get out if you can and get to safety.
You should call 911 to have the police and an ambulance arrive. The police will make an accident report that can later be used if you file a personal injury claim. Medical personnel can assist anyone who’s been injured and transport them to the hospital if necessary.
Ask the police officer for their name and badge number and find out where to get a copy of the accident report.
Don’t make conversation with the other driver but exchange information with them. You need to exchange full names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license and insurance information. Get the information of witnesses to the accident and video record them speaking about the accident with your phone.
Take photos and write down as much as possible
Take photos of the accident scene to document what happened. Any pictures that show as much detail as possible of the car accident can be helpful if you file a personal injury claim regardless of whether it’s against the other driver or with an insurance company.
Keep a journal to describe the events leading up to, during and after the accident. You should do this while everything is still fresh in your mind.
Seek medical attention
Seek immediate medical attention. If you’re injured, you can get the treatment you need in a timely manner. Make sure to obtain copies of your medical records as part of your evidence.
Contact your insurance company
Inform your insurance company of the accident. Don’t give out specifics or say anything that might admit fault.