Any kind of vehicular accident is dangerous and stressful. If you realize at once that you’re at fault, which adds even more stress. Don’t panic, though, as that never help. Here are some suggestions on how to handle this situation.
Don’t Just Drive or Walk Off
After the accident, check yourself for injuries. Check your passengers. If anyone is in need of immediate medical attention, call for help and get the injured to the hospital as soon as possible. Check the other vehicle for an injured driver or passengers, as well. Unless you need to be at the hospital, either for yourself or for another injured victim, do not leave the site of the accident since this may complicate legal responsibilities.
Check Your Temper
At-fault or not, never lose your temper. Like panic, this never solves anything and can even complicate matters. The other people involved in the accident may react in kind if you let your temper get the best of you.
Get the Information You Need
Instead of reacting like a maniac, stay calm and talk to the other driver. Get their name, address, and phone number. Make sure to get their insurance information. Give your own info to the other driver. Note the time, date, and exact location. Get contact information from possible witnesses. Even if you’re at fault, avoid apologizing or making excuses.
Call the People Who Can Help
Call the police and have them call the EMTs if you need any. Usually, the cops will alert the EMTs automatically. Call your loved ones to inform them. Call your insurance provider and your Springfield, IL auto accident attorney.
Wait for Everyone to Leave
Don’t leave until everyone else has — the other driver, the police, etc. To be sure, go to a medical facility when everyone else has already left. Have yourself and your passengers checked. Sometimes, trauma keeps you from feeling anything. Some effects take time to manifest. It’s important to have a checkup immediately to determine anything that needs to be addressed. If you turn out to be not at fault, you can also use the medical information and medications.
Car accidents are dangerous and traumatizing. Being prepared can help you get over the situation as soon as possible.