A New Year's Day head-on crash in Montgomery County has resulted in serious injury for drivers of both vehicles. The truth is, a car crash can happen to anybody. No matter how careful you are, you cannot always predict the actions of another driver. If you are in a car crash, follow these steps.
Your first job should be to assess your own injuries. Often times, the adrenaline rush that comes with a car crash can detract the driver from their own, sometimes serious injuries. Check for bleeding and take a moment to listen to your body. Where do you hurt? Treat yourself with care. Next, take a moment to evaluate the injuries of others in your car. Finally, check with the people in the other car or cars to determine if anyone needs immediate medical care. If you decide no one needs an ambulance at the scene, bear in mind this does not have to be the final decision on the topic. If you or one of your passengers later feels the need to seek medical attention, do so.
Evaluate Damage to Vehicles
If it is safe to do so, it is a good idea to move cars to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass. Take some time to evaluate the damage to both vehicles. Are the cars safe to drive? If you have any questions about the safety of driving a car after a crash, call a tow. It is not worth risking additional injury.
Exchange Insurance Information
State law requires both parties to exchange information, including their identity, their insurance carrier, and contact information. Often, police will be called to the scene. They may collect the information, but just to be safe, take a few moments to exchange this information with the other driver.
Document the Scene
Provided you are not injured, take a few moments to document the scene. You should take pictures of your car, the other car, any damage to anything else on the side of the road, such as damage to a guard rail. Consider taking both up close and distance shots. If something was obstructing your vision before the crash, such as an overgrown bush or debris, take the time to document that obstruction as well. Bear in mind this may be your only opportunity to document the conditions as they were at the time of the crash.
Call an Attorney
If you have been injured in a car crash, it is a good idea to contact an attorney to determine if you have a case against the other driver, the city, or some other entity. This is not a decision you should make on your own. At Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, we have experienced attorneys available to provide a free consultation on car crash cases. We do not charge our clients a fee unless we win their cases. Contact us today to discuss your case at 800.529.6162.