“Everything started to move in slow motion. A vehicle was coming up the hill in the opposite direction… With vehicles parked on both sides of the road, this meant that there was just a narrow passage area for both vehicles to pass through. However, he had yet to reduce his speed… I was frozen stiff with fear in the front passenger seat… I was not wearing a seat belt, so upon impact, my head crashed into the windshield. I was then slammed back into my seat, but with such force that everything went black.” – Drexel Deal
Have you been involved in a motor vehicle accident? Or, has a family member or a friend perhaps been a victim of a car crash?
The rather lengthy quotation by Drexel Deal is an accurate summary of what occurs to vehicle drivers and passengers just before the vehicles collide with each other.
At this juncture, it is also worth noting that head and neck injuries are common car accident injuries.
Based on this description, even if you have not been involved in a car accident, it is worth being aware of the fact that it is challenging to remember what to do post-accident when you are in shock. Therefore, it is essential to memorise what to do in the event of an accident.
Consequently, here is a list of steps to take should you ever find yourself a victim of a motor accident. Furthermore, it is worth noting that even if you are the cause of the incident, these steps still need to be followed:
Stop the vehicle
If you are the driver and are still in control of the vehicle post-impact, it’s vital to bring the car to a halt, preferably off the road. If the driver of the vehicle has lost control of the car, the only thing to do is to wait until the vehicle stops of its own accord. As soon as the car has come to a halt, it’s essential to make sure that the driver and passengers get out of the vehicle as quickly as possible. There is a possibility that the vehicle will catch on fire after the crash.
If all the parties involved in the accident can get out of the involved cars, it is vital to collect phone numbers, motor vehicle insurance details, and drivers’ licence details from every driver that was involved in the accident.
Secondly, there should always be witnesses to the crash, and they will more than likely stop to help with the post-accident details. It’s essential to get their contact details. They might need to testify in court in the event of a personal injury claim filed against the person who caused the accident’s insurance.
Hire an expert personal injury attorney
Even if you have not been severely injured in the motor vehicle accident, there is still the risk of emotional injury as a consequence of the crash. This is where it is a good idea to submit a personal injury claim to cover the cost of time off work, and sundry other expenses to do with the healing process.
Furthermore, you will have to file an insurance claim to pay for the repairs to your car. It is a well-known fact that insurance companies will try and pay out as little as possible. Therefore, it is vital to hire an Atlanta auto accident attorney to ensure that you are awarded a decent settlement and your motor vehicle damages are paid for.
If you are severely injured, your attorney will collect the evidence and witness report statements and liaise with the local police while you are in hospital and unable to gather this evidence yourself.
This discussion cannot and should not be considered the final word on what to do post-motor vehicle accident. It must instead be regarded as a useful summary and nothing more than a few opening words on a challenging, and often painful, subject. Thus, in summary, if you have been involved in an accident, it is crucial to consult with a legal expert to help you navigate your way through the post-accident legalities.