A car accident on Indiana roads can happen so suddenly, leaving you in shock. It is easy for chaos to erupt around you as people ask if you are alright and you wonder what to do next.
If you are involved in an accident with a negligent driver, there are four steps you must remember to take.
1. See if anyone is injured
First, examine yourself and any passengers for any sign of injury. A rush of adrenaline after an accident can often dull any pain you feel, so you should ensure you take great care while you check.
Important: It is critical to note that not all injuries are apparent at first. Internal injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or broken ribs are common after an accident. And symptoms of these injuries might not appear until long after you leave the scene of the accident. Be on the lookout for lasting pain or other serious symptoms after the crash.
2. Call 911
After the initial check for injuries, it is critical to call 911 for two reasons:
- To obtain medical attention as soon as possible
- To get the police on the scene, so they can file a report
In Indiana, you must call the police and report a car accident if it resulted in injuries. Additionally, an official police report of the crash can help provide another source of evidence about the details surrounding the accident.
3. Exchange information with the other driver
If it is possible, you should swap information with the other driver, including:
- Names and contact information
- Insurance information
- Vehicle information
It is important to note that even if you know you were not at fault for the accident, you should not apologize to the other driver or admit fault in any way. However, remain civil in any conversations with them. Do not share too much information, only give the basics.
4. Document important information
Even if the police arrive at the scene and file a report, you should collect information about the accident on your own, if possible. Either you or someone you trust should:
- Take pictures of the accident, damage and injuries
- Record information about how the accident happened
- Speak with any witnesses who saw the accident
Accidents can happen so fast. It can be difficult to recall how it happened, especially as time passes. That is why it is helpful to collect a record of your own to help support your claim and protect your best interests after an accident.