A car accident on Connecticut’s busy roads driver can do more than ruin your day, it can ruin your entire life. Many people suffer serious injuries from car accidents that can result in high medical bills, permanent or life-threatening injuries, lost wages or excruciating pain and suffering.
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, you are likely to be in shock and unable to process what happened. This is understandable. However, there are some things that you should be done at the scene of the accident to make things easier in the future if you decide to pursue compensation.
Check for injuries and remain focused
Try to stay calm and focus on the present situation. Worry about the future later. Before checking for vehicle damage, check to make sure everyone involved is safe. If anyone appears to have suffered physical injuries, call an ambulance. Call the police, as well, because a police report will need to be filed.
If possible, move all vehicles to the side of the road or to a place where they will be out of the way of oncoming traffic. Sometimes vehicles cannot be moved. Leave them where they are and wait for help to arrive.
While waiting, assess the damage to vehicles and take pictures of any damage. Most people have cameras available on their phones today, so pictures can be taken immediately.
Gather as much information as possible
Get the other driver’s name, contact, vehicle and insurance information. Obtain the name, contact information and badge number of any police officer that responds, and the contact information for any witnesses to the accident. If a personal injury claim is pursued, having this information readily available will make the process smoother.
Choose your words carefully during this time. Do not admit fault for the accident or even apologize. An apology could later be used against you as an admission of fault. It is best to not speak with anyone, including an insurance company representative, until you have had a chance to talk with an attorney for guidance. Receiving compensation requires proving negligence, and an attorney can provide advice on your specific situation.