For anyone who drives a car, getting into a car accident is a possibility. Despite this reality, it is possible that many people are not sure what they need to do following such an incident. Since so many individuals in the state of Wisconsin rely upon these vehicles to get from one place to another, being aware of what to do should an accident occur, is a good idea.
If you are able, the first thing you should do is move your vehicle to a safe place near the scene of the accident. Next, if someone is hurt, medical assistance should be sought. Calling the police is also important. While the incident may not require their assistance, they can let you know.
When other vehicles are involved in a crash it is important to exchange information with the drivers of those vehicles. In addition to names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses should be secured. These should be sought not only from those who were driving, but those who were in the vehicle or witnessed the crash. In addition, drivers should exchange insurance company information including phone numbers and policy numbers.
Of course in some situations car accidents result in serious injuries that leave those involved with lives that are forever changed. The medical care and related expenses that result from treatment of these injuries can quickly mount and leave someone unsure of how to pay those bills. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the motor vehicle accident it is possible that a personal injury lawsuit can be filed to try to secure some compensation.
Source: Geico, “What To Do If You Get Into An Accident,” Accessed Nov. 17, 2014