June 1, 2020 |
Even a minor accident can cause pain and problems for those involved. Minor accidents, also affectionately called fender benders, are fairly common. These types of accidents are generally slow-moving collisions that happen in parking lots, driveways, or at stop signs in residential areas.
Personal injuries in minor accidents are less common, except for the stress they may bring. Even so, minor collisions can result in the need of costly repairs for your vehicle. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you don’t want to pay for those expensive repairs.
Let’s go over some tips to help you know exactly what to do after a minor car accident.
After a Minor Accident, Take these Steps
- Following a car accident, the first step is to determine if anyone is injured. If so, always call first responders and get the necessary medical attention immediately. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to call for help because some injuries aren’t apparent right away.
- Next, check for fire, sparks, smoke, or the smell of gasoline. If noted, have everyone move from the vehicles.
- In a minor accident, with no injuries, move the vehicles from the roadway to a safe location.
- Remain calm, as you speak to the other driver. Control your emotions. Don’t admit fault or blame the other driver. Exchange phone numbers, email addresses, and insurance information with one another. An easy way to do so is taking pictures with your cellphones of each other’s driver’s license and insurance card. You’ll also want to get contact information from any witnesses.
- Call the police. Doing so will protect those involved, including you. The officer on the scene will prepare a police report from the statements provided as well as the evidence – tire marks, injuries, damage.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, from all angles, including the damage to the vehicles involved. You’ll also want to take pictures of skid marks and any evidence which can show you were not at fault.
- Don’t negotiate at the scene of the accident. In other words, make no promises about not calling the police or not filing an insurance claim.
- Never leave the scene. While you wait for the police to arrive, exchange contact information with other drivers. Leaving the scene of the accident before doing so can result in criminal charges, making the results of your minor accident much worse.
Following Up After Your Accident
- Contact the police department that was on the scene to get your copy of the accident report.
- Contact an experienced car accident lawyer to review your case and walk you through the legal process.
- Even if there is no damage to the vehicles involved, you should still contact a lawyer to handle any insurance disputes and other tedious paperwork.
Call on The Barnes Firm for Guidance Following a Minor Accident
It is always a good idea to get in touch with an expert attorney like those at The Barnes Firm, especially if you or a loved one were injured in the incident.
Call on The Barnes Firm at 1-800-8-million (1-800-800-0000) and get the positive outcome you deserve following your accident.