The moments after a motor vehicle accident oftentimes determine how badly people come out of the entire affair. The first things you have to do is make sure that someone who is qualified to give first aid attends to anyone who is injured. There are specific laws and liabilities that apply to this, so be sure you know what you’re doing before you attempt to help anyone and don’t do anything you haven’t been trained to do. If someone is seriously injured, it’s always best to leave them where they are, if possible.
If nobody is seriously injured because of the accident, the situation is not nearly so dire. The most important thing to do in such a scenario is to make sure that nobody is in the roadway and that vehicles are removed, if possible.
After you’ve contacted the authorities, you’ll want to make sure that you have a plan to deal with the rest of the fallout from the accident. One thing you may want to consider doing is calling a vehicle accident lawyer, explaining the situation to them and ask them what they would advise. Some of these lawyers work on contingency, so you won’t have to pay them for this advice, as they won’t accept your case if they don’t think you can win and won’t get paid unless you do.
There may very well be cases where the attorney will advise you not to speak with your insurance company right away. There are cases where the insurance company will immediately be looking for a way to avoid paying any claims that result because of the wreck. An attorney can make sure that you don’t help them do this.
If you happen to be in a wreck with a driver who is intoxicated, under the influence of illegal substances or who is determined to flee the scene, don’t try to interfere with them. The best thing to do is to take down their license plate number and to simply give it to the police when they show up. There’s no way to predict how such a driver will react and, if they’re very scared of the consequences of their actions, they may well become violent and thereby introduce an entirely new danger into the situation. Most often, however, you will end up talking to the authorities and, if you so choose, then speaking with your car wreck lawyers.