WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CAR OR AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT?

The weather today, February 28, 2014 is bad. It is raining like heck.  We all know that an auto accident can ruin your entire day.  I hope no one reading this finds themselves in this predicament.

Apart from ruining your day, a car accident, you will have to deal with damage to your car, liability issues, possible traffic citations and even injuries in some unfortunate cases.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports there were 2.24 million crashes with injuries in the U.S. in 2010.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that cars are safer than ever before and crashes involving serious or fatal injuries are down to their lowest levels in about a half century.

So you have been in a minor fender-bender. Other than thinking  “My folks are going to kill me,” What should you do?  Make sure everyone is OK. If you or someone has suffered injuries  summon assistance, if you have a cell phone use to summon help.

If your car is not moveable or your not sure put on  your hazards (Hint: There is usually a red button on the dashboard or center console with a triangle on it, push it and it will start to blink, so will your hazard lights.

If you are safe from approaching traffic, turn off your car and get out. If your car is drivable, move it off to the side of the road and call the police or highway patrol. Depending on circumstances, the police or highway patrol, may not come to the scene to investigate and write a report.

Even if you’re shaken up, be sure to get information regarding the other driver.  The information you should get is the name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance information for the other driver. And also the names, telephone numbers and addresses of any  witnesses. Either write the information down on a piece of paper or put the information in your cell phone. As well, since so many folks have cell phone taking pictures might be a good idea. Pictures of the damage of the vehicles and the scene of the incident are probably a good idea.

If you or passenger is hurt, get medical attention!!!

Avoid getting into any heated discussions with the other driver. You should report the traffic accident to your insurance company.

Call your family and let them know what happed. If necessary they can come and pick you up if you need a ride . Even the best drivers get in accidents now and then.

In the event the car accident caused you or someone you love personal injuries or worse, you should contact a personal injury attorney.  I am here to answer your questions and give you help. For a free consultation, please feel free to give me a call. 626-796-6333.

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