An accident that occurs on an Indiana road or highway may cause significant injuries and property damage. In some cases, it may even result in the deaths of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to know what to know in the moments after the collision happens.
Remain at the scene
It’s critical that you remain where you are, determine if anyone is injured and call for help. If you are not physically able to call 911, you should ask someone else at the scene to do so on your behalf. It’s worth noting that you should refrain from rendering any type of aid yourself unless you are a trained medical professional. Even then, offering assistance to others could render you liable for any additional injuries a victim may experience.
Ideally, you’ll submit a claim to your auto insurance company no more than 24 hours after the accident occurs. Your insurance provider will likely ask you for any photos or videos taken before, during or after the wreck took place. You may also want to submit statements from anyone who witnessed the collision. If a police report is compiled, you will want a copy of that regardless of if you include it in your insurance claim or not.
See a doctor
You’ll want to get medical treatment as quickly as possible after a motor vehicle accident regardless of how severe it was. Although you may feel fine initially, this may be because your body is in shock and is masking the pain of a broken bone, concussion or internal injury. Going to the doctor in a timely manner may also provide you with more evidence that can link your injuries to the defendant’s actions.
It may be possible to obtain a financial award from a defendant in a car accident case. This award may help you pay medical bills, repair damage done to your vehicle or help recoup other losses incurred in a crash caused by another party’s negligence.