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The light just turned green at the intersection of 54th and University. You take your foot off the brake and start to accelerate through the intersection when WHAM! A careless driver didn’t notice that the other light had turned red and t-boned your car in the middle of the intersection.
What do you do next? Here are some tips on what to do if you get into a car accident.
- First, check to make sure that you’re okay, then check on the passengers. Whether you notice any injuries or not, go ahead and call 911. Even if you think you’re fine, there might be injuries you can’t detect. Besides, you’ll want the incident documented by authorities, even if it is your fault (so the injured party can’t make false claims against you).
- If you can get out of the car, get to safety. Standing outside your car in a busy intersection is not a safe place to be.
- Get the contact and insurance information of the other person involved in the accident.
- Document everything you can. Get the contact information of the other party along with their insurance information. Take pictures of the scene and the damage to any vehicles. Get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Keep detailed notes about any medical treatment you receive.
- Consult with your personal injury attorney (we suggest contacting Seneca Law Group at (619) 630-8529). If you’re the victim of a car accident, a personal injury attorney can help make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries. If you caused the accident, a personal injury attorney can help make sure you are not being taken advantage of by the injured party.